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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.
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  • 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.
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    Carolina Mini - September 27th

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    Well, Terisa and I will be thinking about ya'll. We have a long standing prior commitment in Raleigh that cannot be missed. If this was on Sunday we could be there. Will miss seeing you all. :( Nickie

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    Well, Terisa and I will be thinking about ya'll. We have a long standing prior commitment in Raleigh that cannot be missed. If this was on Sunday we could be there. Will miss seeing you all. :( Nickie


    I'm sorry you and Terisa can't make it. No matter which date we picked, someone would not be able to come.

    Hopefully you two will be able to make it to the next one.

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    No but you get to wear the funny hat!

    Ask Gym...

    They don't take no for an answer either, and then they take your picture in it and expect you to blow out the candles. Thankfully they did not sing. LOL

    I will have to see if I can arrange to come up. I had a great time at the GA mini and even learned a bunch. Charlotte isn't that far to drive.

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    I hope kevin and i can make it, but who knows at this point......

    We'd love to meet others that we didnt meet before and have fun.....

    Id really like to meet Kevin The Demented Elf....

    I hope you and Kevin can make it. Good luck with your surgery on Tuesday. You will be in our thoughts.

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    I hope you can come up...we had a nice time in GA...would love to see you again...

    Only bad thing is I was feeling real good that friday and I recall singing...you say we didn't so I wonder who I was singing to...OH MY!....:eek:

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