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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.
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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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First of all I was just wondering if there are any Kansas folks going to the Plus? I'm considering it and would like to talk with others that are hooked on lights, but I'm not sure if it's worth the time and money to attend. If someone has been to other conventions and has some experiences to share I'd appreciate it.

Steve McKinney

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Most of all is the friendship you get, it good to meet the person that you have been talking on line..

Jerry Plak :santasmileyitty:

First of all I was just wondering if there are any Kansas folks going to the Plus? I'm considering it and would like to talk with others that are hooked on lights, but I'm not sure if it's worth the time and money to attend. If someone has been to other conventions and has some experiences to share I'd appreciate it.

Steve McKinney

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Hi Steve,

I have attended PLUS since it started in 2003. I have taken many classes, and have learned a lot from these events. What's good about PLUS is that you can go at your own speed, if you are a beginner or if you are a professional, there is something for you at PLUS. Along with the great event, the wealth of knowledge that you can obtain from the attendees is well worth the price of admission. One suggestion if you decide to go, and that is, do not be shy. Talk to everybody you come across because there will be lots and lots of people there ready to help you learn. It's a great event to attend, the attendees are fantastic, and the banquet is top notch. Also, the vendor area is priceless. Hope to see your there.

Bill

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Hi all.

Well I wanted to goto PLUS, but we have a little one getting ready to pop out, and there fore I won't have extra money.

I am planning on making the trip to St Louis for the mini they are planning there.

Maybe I will see some of you there.

Kent

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