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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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Hey James,

Glad to hear your doing good. I go in on September 2nd to get my correction, mainly my right eye. The doc wanted a good healing before going for the correction. I'm wearing reading glasses just for reading and computer stuff, but regular stuff and driving is good without em, which is better than before I had the operation when I had to wear glasses 100% of the time. Lets keep tabs and see how we do.

I'm sure some reading this might say, jeez... email each other or something. But we are posting our experience and results for others to read and hope they can learn from our experience.

Of course we both did this so we could view the Christmas lights better ;).

Later,

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Hey Guys! Thanks for sharing your experiences...I always hear great things from folks only needing slight corrections...I am a 20/600+ correction and have always dreamed "what if...I could awake from a surgery and see everything with 100% clarity like normal people"

Now I realize that I should be happy being 100% correctable with either glasses or contacts...and dream about Christmas lights like normal people!!

:cool: <-- me in glasses

:) <-- me in contacts

:D <-- me dreaming about Christmas lights!

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Hi Tom,

What were you thinking? Everyone knows that Christmas lights look better when you're near sighted!

Glad everything is working out,

Best wishes!

Glenn

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Hey Glenn, and thanks.

The bad part was, I wasn't near sighted, or far sighted LOL. I was just blurry all around :)

Thanks for the wishes. I won't have to clear the fog from my glasses to view the lights at Christmas any more :)

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Hey Guys,

Well, an update. I received the enhancement in my right eye today (on my birthday no less). The proceedure was the same but with just one eye. I'm doing MUCH better because I still have my left eye to see with, that makes a huge difference. Anyway, my right eye is blurry and irritates me like crazy with the contact lense to protect the surgey but I'm doing good. I also have all those eye drops to do AGAIN :mad: LOL. It doesn't seem as bad this time because I can get on the computer (with sunglasses) and stay on it a little longer than before. Of course the pain pills (and a beverage :) ) is helping out I'm sure.

Now if I can just milk this for extra treatment from my wife ;)...

James, hope everything is going good for you.

Just wanted to post the update.

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Hey Tom,

Glad to hear you are doing well. I had my right eye done on the 15th of Sept. and I'm right where you are. It sure does make a huge difference when you can see out of one eye. My left eye is for close vision only so my long distance is still blurry but I can live with that. I also have found that knowing what to expect makes it a little less irritating. I just want to see again so I can get busy with the display! :)

Talk to you later!

James

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Guest Jeff_Womack

I just had an appt this past week to check on my eye health. Great bill of health although my vision has slipped to only 20/20 three years after laser surgery! Kathy, I was 20/200 in each and now I can see forever! Well maybe not forever, but pretty darn good!

Glad everyone is doing well after their surgeries.

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