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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.
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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.
  • 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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If you are anywhere near the Raleigh area let's get together on July 25th. I am trying to pick a time that would accommodate everybody. Currently that looks like 2pm at my church's fellowship hall. If you know of a better place PM me or post here. We had a get together before Christmas last year and it was fun. William Bottomley has provided us with a brand new website just for us Carolina people (thank you William) . As he mentioned in another thread it is called ChristmasCarolina.com.

The details for the get together will be posted there. We have so many people in the Raleigh/Triangle area that share our hobby. Register yourself and let's help each other to advance our hobby. More details will be posted later.

I hope to see you on the 25th.

Al in Raleigh

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We are setting up an agenda now. If anybody wants to present or show off your latest decoration then post it on the ChristmasCarolina forum. It is difficult trying to keep up with several forums and we are only updating that forum. Let's have a really good meeting.

Al

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I'm sorry you can't make it Carl. It will be fun. Mel W. is exhibiting his flame "throwers" and D-Light graciously loaned us a Servo8 board and Firefly as well as all of the support stuff.

This will be a good meeting. The first (actually the second) of many to come.

Al

Here is the agenda thread on ChristmasCarolina

http://christmascarolina.com/forums/showthread.php?t=91

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