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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.


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About GWH

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  • Birthday 11/29/1946

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  • Location
    Brooten, Minnesota
  • Biography
    I have 1 special friend, 2 children, 6 grand children, and 4 great grand children, & 2 cats 1 at home and 1 at the office.
  • Interests
    My hobbies are: Welding, Machining, Wood working, & Electronics.
    I have a full equipped heated machine shop, welding shop, & wood working shop all with CNC capabilities.
    Car racing of all kinds.
  • Occupation
    I am a CEO of a large Fireworks manufacturing company that imports all types of products as well as
  • About my display
    2008 is my first LOR year
  1. Are there any pictures of the mini? Wish I could have been there
  2. GWH

    Mn Minnie

    Hello all, Sorry for being so quiet but this spring & summer have been real business and many family things going on. We (2) will try and attend the August 20th lighting mini but will not know for sure until middle of that week. We are still out doing shows and the weather has been making things difficult this year. Have you posted anything about this mini over on the LOR forum? There is a good choreographer that has a great light show over there from St. Cloud area that was kind enough to do a few seminars on the LOR system as he is a beta tester for LOR. He only watches the LOR forum so maybe does not know about this mini. His name is George. There are 4 other people here in our area that setup very large displays and I will see if they want to attend or at least I will let them know about this meeting. Garry & Georgia
  3. I wish that I could have made it!! I was packed the van lwas oaded with a CCR, 10ft diameter 14 ft tall 32 channel wheel (some of you seen it at the Spring Mini out here) and a wire frame 6 ft tall angel with controllers made to raise up and down a 22 ft vertical slide, then a family emergency came up so I could not make it down there!! Everybody here is okay now. I hope some of you that attended took some pictures and will post them?? Garry
  4. Here is my way of string mini trees thread: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/35534-New-style-Mini-Tree-light-winder?p=377388#post377388 GWH
  5. Saturday Oct 23 works for us also. Garry
  6. I am up for a mini depending on the date in October? There are a few other Minnesota lighting people that would attend but just do note monitor this page/forum, so if you do have a mini it is wise to make an announcement on the other forums. Garry
  7. I am up for a mini depending on the date in October? There are a few other Minnesota lighting people that would attend but just do note monitor this page, so if you do have a mini it is wise to make an announcement on the other forums. Garry
  8. Tim, I wish I could have gotten away to attend the meeting! Wrong time of the year for meL Please keep us posted on the power point and information coming available. Garry Hanson
  9. Sorry for not reply recently! Our internet service has been down since Tuesday, as well as the electricity and phone service on and off. Just a rural Minnesotan thing! Mid morning is 10’ish does that help? Please RSVP as I need to order the food??? For those looking forward to lutefisk lunch, I have dug up/found some lutefisk frozen TV dinners!! The date code says they are only 18 years old, but that is okay as they never go bad! At least you can not tell by the smell? They are not being kept at our home because it draws all of the cats for miles around. You will have to make a special request for the TV dinners. I than will give you directions too where the secret storage is located. If all that does not work here are the directions: Direction: Find Belgrade, MN 56312, it is on Hwy 55 and US Hwy 71. Go south out of Belgrade on US Hwy 71 for about 4
  10. The Minnesota Mini #2 is on Saturday May 22, 2010. I was learning how to use the new PC software calendar page and somehow got the date posted on the wrong date and could not correct it?? I will try again now. Garry
  11. Try LOR's site here: http://www.lightorama.com/SoftwareDownloadPage.html
  12. Tim, I want you to have a opportunity to attend this Spring Mini also but: We will be welding, grinding in a machine shop setting that is not child proof at all. We have raised 4 children, we have 6 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren so we do have a small amount of child rising experience. My machine shop is not setup for children and that is all I will say about that. This is looking like a DIY day metal bending, welding, & grinding, with choreographing show seminars, show & tell projects, and many other things going on. We do have 1 supplier with their new LED lights and items that has confirmed end of last week that they will be attending. The choice whether to attend will be yours but we can not be responsible for your children in and around machinery and welding. We do want you to attend so as not to miss 2 of the MN lighting Minis. Maybe you could find a baby sitter for that day? Garry & Georgia
  13. UPDATE: Well time is going by fast this spring as I have been busy at my job, but I have not forgot about the Minnesota Spring Mini #2 scheduled Saturday May 22nd starting mid morning. Everything is falling in to place so lets all makes some plans on attending this spring? What we have planned so far: * We do have 1 person that will be doing a seminar on LOR beginner and Intermediate choreographing software * We plan on having a video projector handy for presentations * I will be doing wire frame layout, sizing for lights strings, bending & welding * hope to have an in state LED light supply company bring out their new products * I can bring over 2 arches if needed for sequence testing each has 8 channels * Light rod/pole 10 ft long for sequence testing, with 8 channels * 8 spoke wheel 10
  14. Anyone interested in coming to a mid Minnesota Spring Mini #2? When Saturday May 22nd Where: we live out in rural Minnesota 10 miles from any towns (Brooten & Belgrade) or about 2
  15. Anyone interested in coming to a mid Minnesota Spring Mini #2? When Saturday May 22nd Where: we live out in rural Minnesota 10 miles from any towns (Brooten & Belgrade) or about 2
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