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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.
Zman

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I was checking the forums, and the thread started by Darin seemed to be wierd. When selecting his thread, it kept sending me to another thread. There is another mini planned for April at Bill and Nancy's, here is the thread to vote on a day:

http://talk.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=29730

Hope to see everyone there.

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Zman: I'm not able to vote on a day. My Wife and I would like to try and attend if we can get the dates locked in. Please let me know any and all info on this event. Thanks Dave

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Dave,

I can't tell what is up with it, because it only allows you to vote once for your user name. It has been interesting this year, for sure. It looks like it will pan out to be the 25th, Kevin is going to lock the poll down soon, and that date is leading at the moment.

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Mark,

I had a forum accident back when I posted the original NW Mini thread. It was actually suppose to end up in the thread titled "At the tail end" for OR. After I noticed it was messed up, I tried to delete my post but was unsuccesful. In any case, thanks for reposting a real Mini Plus thread.

Do you know if Bill will be able to move the center rack in his shop? I know he mentioned that as a way to get a few more chairs in the shop.

Looking forward to another fun year

-Darin

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