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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.
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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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I'm new to PC. Has there ever been an MN Mini? Is there anything planned for this year? It seems like some states (like TX) are very active - but it's a lot more Christmasy here, so... anything coming up?

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We've had something like 4 events over the past 6 years, so we're certainly not as 'active' as the Texas folks. :) Since I also missed the Spring mini (it was on Mother's Day and I was with mom ;) ) I'd be up for a fall one, if it were organized. I know a number of others who missed the spring one were saying the same thing back then...


P.S. Welcome! Where are you located?

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Guest Jeff_Womack

Actually I think Minnesota or Florida had the first Mini...way back when! Now where in John Lomnicki Jr? (BTW Tim, I haven't forgotten the MN Mini Pins)

Seeing how Tim mentioned it, here is a listing of the 2009 Events from Lone Star Holidays:

February Work Group -Trains, Movers, and the Video Wreath - Houston

March Work Group - Halloween Props and Pneumatics - Houston

April Work Group - Coro, Wood Cutouts, and the Great Bubble Off! - La Vernia/San Antonio

May Work Group - Welding, DMX and Galaxia - Tyler

June Work Group - Programming with LOR / D-Light - Kyle/Austin

July/August Work Group - Radio Transmitters - Dallas

September 19 and 20th - LSH Academy - Houston

The San Antonio group also known as Alamo City Holidays has also done four monthly Supper Club meetings where we invite members and their families out to eat at a different restaurant each month and enjoy fellowship, good food, and some inevitable talk about displays! These are very informal but people seem to enjoy them.

The point for posting this is to show you can do events without having to do a lot of planning. Only the Academy required any real planning.

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There’s been some talk about having another one soon. We just need to find someone that wouldn’t mind hosting it. I think we had about 15 people last time and only 2 at the previous one.

Don't forget the one at Julie's... What did we have there, about 10 folks?

As far as October goes, the last weekend works best for me, and the weekend of the 9th might work as well. The others are out of bounds for me...

November gets into heavy setup time I'd rather do it in October...

Not quite ready to offer hosting yet, but that's a possibility, depending on when it is.


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I am back in town for awhile this fall and have been watching the PC about a MN

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