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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • 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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WOW, I missed a very eventful Mini, or lucky maybe?? The way my luck has going, I might have been the hit LOL

BTW the Grad Party was a big hit, Had to work till 1000am then run home, fire up the grill to start the ribs, Got-em done just before the party (barely) pheww......

Still sorry missed the mini......Sounds like you guys and gals had alot of fun.....:)

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Danielle thanks for coming! It was great seeing you again. The pictures turned out great! Thanks for sharing them.

Chuck-I owe my life to you. If I can ever repay you, please just name the price.

Here is the link to a few photos I took. One is a group shot that turned out pretty good.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157605519937839/

I had a very good time and just wanted to again thank Michael, Missy, the kids, and the presenters for doing a great job.

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I have to agree with Michael! Those pictures are great!!

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Michael - Thank you for putting on a great event. It was great to meet everyone. I had a great time and learned some good stuff for this year.

Chuck - After reading your description of the near-fatal sign event, I think I am traumatized as well!!! But, I think you are now one of the luckiest men alive... not because you survived the disaster, but because Danielle is forever in your debt! LUCK MAN!!!

Whitey

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Danielle thanks for coming! It was great seeing you again. The pictures turned out great! Thanks for sharing them.

Sorry I couldnt make it. I tenatively planned to go but early last week I had a customer beg me the only time they could grant me an appointment was for me to be at their house at noon on Saturday so "work" called and I had to do that instead. To add to that an In-law died Thurs so one of those things had to stay close to home to comfort family members, etc. If the Mini was a weekend later then it was it would have worked out perfectly for me to go but there was no way of knowing this.

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Here are some more pics.

The first one is Michael Collins from Holidaysoft demoing Holiday Lights Design 4.0.

The second is Darren (ClarkG) talking about Mega Trees and/or LOR2.

The third is Bill (Water Bill) showing us how to build a water display.

The last is Bernie welding. He makes it look so easy.

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Actually, I know pretty well what not to do and what to do. The problem was I had my daughters new camera and they must have a setting were the flash wasn't going off and the shutter was staying open longer.

There are some really bad pictures that you will never see. :)

Thanks for noticing Chuck ol' friend. :D

SOMEBODY needs to review Danielle's "Tips for taking pics in dark conditions" tutorial again. :P

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Michael,

You see, the difference between Chuck and I, he is always quick to point out the bad stuff :eek: and I like to point out the good stuff.

That last picture is AWESOME!

1 out 4 - batting .250. That is almost good enough for the majors! :D

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Michael,

You see, the difference between Chuck and I, he is always quick to point out the bad stuff :eek: and I like to point out the good stuff.

That last picture is AWESOME!

1 out 4 - batting .250. That is almost good enough for the majors! :D

Thanks Shawn .250, I feel so much better! :)

Shawn, what did your kids think of the train?

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That should have been "...between Chuck and ME..."

:P

(Or am I just saying that to be ornery?)

Michael,

You see, the difference between Chuck and I, he is always quick to point out the bad stuff :eek: and I like to point out the good stuff.

That last picture is AWESOME!

1 out 4 - batting .250. That is almost good enough for the majors! :D

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Thanks Shawn .250, I feel so much better! :)

Shawn, what did your kids think of the train?

We thought we were going to get them in bed prior to unloading the van. WRONG! :mad:

They told us that they were not going to bed until they saw the train. They haven't seen it hooked up yet, but I have. They really like the crossing signal. They both said 'COOL' :cool: at the same time when they saw it blink from left to right.

They have already started to draw a design on how they want it displayed in the front yard. If I WAS to use it, the track would be about 250' long. :eek: That is one thing that I will scale down for them.

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That should be "were".

Really.

:P

We thought we were going to get them in bed prior to unloading the van. WRONG! :mad:

They told us that they were not going to bed until they saw the train. They haven't seen it hooked up yet, but I have. They really like the crossing signal. They both said 'COOL' :cool: at the same time when they saw it blink from left to right.

They have already started to draw a design on how they want it displayed in the front yard. If I WAS to use it, the track would be about 250' long. :eek: That is one thing that I will scale down for them.

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That should have been "...between Chuck and ME..."

:P

(Or am I just saying that to be ornery?)

Well that would all depend on what Florida state you live in. You see, in the North Florida state where I live it is all about I. In the South Florida state where you live it is all about ME. :D

Now we will really have some people confused about the North and the South. :eek:

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PC needs a spelling/grammar cop SO BADLY.

Seriously. ;)

I'm going to start my own forum and I'm only going to have ONE RULE: No spelling/grammatical errors allowed.

I will allow you to edit your posts for as long as it takes you to correct everything (none of this "3 hours" nonsense.)

After 3 uncorrected posts, you're history. :P

Steve Lelinski and I should have a wonderful time talking to each other. :);):D

Edited by ChuckHutchings

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Chuck - that sounds like a great idea. I don't think the attendance will be to high.

Me would already be out :D

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Yeah - well - considering that I'd be a little more "liberal" with the content...there will be people standing in line TRYING to join! ;)

Chuck - that sounds like a great idea. I don't think the attendance will be to high.

Me would already be out :D

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We thought we were going to get them in bed prior to unloading the van. WRONG! :mad:

They told us that they were not going to bed until they saw the train. They haven't seen it hooked up yet, but I have. They really like the crossing signal. They both said 'COOL' :cool: at the same time when they saw it blink from left to right.

They have already started to draw a design on how they want it displayed in the front yard. If I WAS to use it, the track would be about 250' long. :eek: That is one thing that I will scale down for them.

That is so cool. You have to take a picture of them with the train and send it to Mike. Tell him what you wrote here, too. Post a picture of them here, I want to see it.

Thanks for letting me know.

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That is so cool. You have to take a picture of them with the train and send it to Mike. Tell him what you wrote here, too. Post a picture of them here, I want to see it.

Thanks for letting me know.

I will do that. I have been busy with other projects since we got back home. I haven't email him as of yet. I will do that tonight before I pass out.

Pictures are coming. This weekend will be fun.

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Michael,

Thank you for hosting an wonderful event. This was my first time to attend such an event and it was well worth the price of a tank of gas (remember I drive an Excursion, 11 mpg).

I learned a lot and got motivated, even did some sequencing yesterday.

Take care,

Lee

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Hey Shawn!

I'm glad to hear how your kids reacted to the train. I hope your kids have the same (if not a greater reaction) to the final display!

My mom and sister LOVED the wire frame, just to let you know!

Hope you enjoy programming as much as the rest of us! And if you ever get stuck or need help then feel free to ask! ;)

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Man, i wish i would have joined earlier and gone to this. Especially since im only like 35 minutes from Eustis :o Next year!!:D

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Well next year we expect to see you. Should be interesting to see where it will be held. I love the idea that it travels around.

Yes, I agree with you. It will be interesting to see where it ends up. I'll be there!

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Man, i wish i would have joined earlier and gone to this. Especially since im only like 35 minutes from Eustis :o Next year!!:D

Wade if you want to come by and visit anytime, let me know. I am starting on the roof this Saturday.

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