Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 59

Christmas Tech

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 20, 2006 on The History Channel
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Christmas Tech
Christmas is observed by nearly one-third of the world's population and probably more if you count the non-Christians who incorporate the more secular traditions into their winter season. Every year, revelers go all out with trees, ornaments, lights, window displays and Christmas treats. Technological advancements have made them cheaper, easier and safer.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • In 2005, of the approximately 100 million households in the United States, 28% had real Christmas trees, 35% had artificial trees, and 37% had no trees.

      • Edward Johnson, a colleague of Thomas Edison, displayed the first electric Christmas lights in 1882, three years after the introduction of the light bulb.

      • According to the Census Bureau, the United States imports over $600 million worth of Christmas tree ornaments from China each year.

      • The average animatronic figure in a Christmas window at Macy's cycles over two million times during the season.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Narrator: At the end of every year we buy the gifts, deck the halls and trim the tree. Thousands of lights, miles of wire, latex, motors, hardware, software and fruitcake. Ho ho hold on tight as we unwrap the year round planning, panting and packing that makes it all come together. Now: Christmas Tech, on Modern Marvels.

      • Narrator: Unlike the resilient fruitcake, Christmas itself only lasts 12 days. But industry elves who run the Christmas business continue to work throughout the year to ensure it's party time again next December.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Commentators:

        David Murbach
        Rockefeller Center Gardens Manager

        Melissa Carden
        PR, Swarovski North America

        Tanya Gulevich, PhD
        Author, Encyclopedia of Christmas

        Eric Marsh
        Manager, Yule Tree Farms

        Joe Sharp
        Grower, Yule Tree Farms

        Jim Piffer
        Manager, Yule Tree Farms

        Mike Ziemkowski
        Christmas Lighting Enthusiast

        Thomas H. Carlisle
        Christmas Historian

        Richard Lyford
        Director of Sales, American Lighting

        Jeff Towers
        Senior VP, U.S. fund for UNICEF

        Ingo Maurer
        Designer, UNICEF Crystal Snowflake

        Jane Shadel Spillman
        Curator, Corning Museum of Glass

        William Gudenrath
        Corning Museum of Glass

        Paul Olszewski
        Director of Windows, Macy's

        David Spaeth
        CEO, Spaeth Design

        Matt Spaeth
        Designer, Spaeth Design

        Bob Rutan
        Archivist, Macy's

        Erin Cooper
        Senior Designer, Evergreen Specialty

        Bob McNutt
        President, Collin Street Bakery

        Jerry Grimmett
        VP, Operations, Collin Street Bakery

    • ALLUSIONS (0)