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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.
Carrie Sansing

Chicagoland Regional 2010

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Just got booked into the Courtyard, looking forward to being in Chicago again, and really looking forward to meeting Mark Z.

Bill

We all booked at the Drake...Are you kidding me; they would not let me into the parking lot... Edited by B_Regal78

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Just got booked into the Courtyard, looking forward to being in Chicago again, and really looking forward to meeting Mark Z.

Bill

Bill, glad to hear it! But I'll be seeing you in Ohio first!

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Transatlantic flights and Courtyard booked.

Flight is into Chicago via Norwich / Amsterdam. This saves us a 3 1/2 hour drive to London Airport :)

Looking forward to meeting you all

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Transatlantic flights and Courtyard booked.

Flight is into Chicago via Norwich / Amsterdam. This saves us a 3 1/2 hour drive to London Airport :)

Looking forward to meeting you all

You know, about 10 to 15 of us are jerks...including myself :P

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Bill, glad to hear it! But I'll be seeing you in Ohio first!

We are getting into my favorite part of the year. In May is the Ohio mini, in July is the Indy mini, and in September is the Chicago mini. It really doesn't get any better than that, especially for holiday lighting fanatics like myself. Can't wait to see you again.

Bill

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Transatlantic flights and Courtyard booked.

Flight is into Chicago via Norwich / Amsterdam. This saves us a 3 1/2 hour drive to London Airport :)

Looking forward to meeting you all

You know, about 10 to 15 of us are jerks...including myself :P

Linda, I'm so glad you're booked and ready to come. Never mind the peanut gallery..yes, there are 10 to 15 jerks, including me, but we will have fun and learn alot!!

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How soon do you think we need to make reservations? I will hopefully be starting a new job in March with an odd schedule. I don't know if I will have to work or not. The earliest I could make reservations would most likely be March or April.

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How soon do you think we need to make reservations? I will hopefully be starting a new job in March with an odd schedule. I don't know if I will have to work or not. The earliest I could make reservations would most likely be March or April.

Shaun, March or April should be just fine. The hotel has assured me that if we do sell out of the block, they will expand it with additional rooms and hold the price.

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Shaun, March or April should be just fine. The hotel has assured me that if we do sell out of the block, they will expand it with additional rooms and hold the price.

Great! I was already told that I could trade days with other people so I could do that as well but I will have to wait and see.

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Carrie,

Just a little heads up. When I made my reservations at the Courtyard last night, the girl could not find anything for Planet Christmas, so I had to bood for regular price which was still only $79 per night. It's no big deal, but you might want to check with them so others don't have the same problem. Thanks.

Bill

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Carrie,

Just a little heads up. When I made my reservations at the Courtyard last night, the girl could not find anything for Planet Christmas, so I had to bood for regular price which was still only $79 per night. It's no big deal, but you might want to check with them so others don't have the same problem. Thanks.

Bill

Bill, I am going to call them. Did you reserve under your name and how many? I will get you the $69 rate as well as straighten this out for others.

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Bill, I am going to call them. Did you reserve under your name and how many? I will get you the $69 rate as well as straighten this out for others.

Thanks Carrie, it's under my name with 2 people in the room.

Bill

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They won't know what hit them!:D

I took every possible precaution to inform the management of the hotel exactly what will be hitting them..whether or not they believed me remains to be seen. But, they were warned! :D

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I took every possible precaution to inform the management of the hotel exactly what will be hitting them..whether or not they believed me remains to be seen. But, they were warned! :D
I'll get room insurance...

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The first was the "I'm Sorry" thread?

LOL. Good one!!

Unfortunately(?) I have been called a jerk in that thread so I am now permanently associated with it. :cool::D

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Have all of the training/presentations been decided? If not, I would like there to be a class on soldering. Soldering through the hole components and surface mount. I would like to learn more about effective ways of removing soldered components, recommendations as to what should be part of a soldering tool kit. Lastly I would like to hear suggestions as to what can be done to help out people who have reached the age where the ol' eyesight is getting weak.

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Have all of the training/presentations been decided? If not, I would like there to be a class on soldering. Soldering through the hole components and surface mount. I would like to learn more about effective ways of removing soldered components, recommendations as to what should be part of a soldering tool kit. Lastly I would like to hear suggestions as to what can be done to help out people who have reached the age where the ol' eyesight is getting weak.

There will be plenty of people here that have the information and expertise about soldering that will let you "pick their brains". Most of the presenters have been rounded up and education has already been decided, but if I can squeeze it in, I'll try.

As to the eyesight question..I suffer from the same malady. I highly recommend glasses and contacts..but when all else fails, get one of these :giggle:

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Have all of the training/presentations been decided? If not, I would like there to be a class on soldering. Soldering through the hole components and surface mount. I would like to learn more about effective ways of removing soldered components, recommendations as to what should be part of a soldering tool kit. Lastly I would like to hear suggestions as to what can be done to help out people who have reached the age where the ol' eyesight is getting weak.

Tom,

I plan on being there and would be more than happy to spend the time to answer any ?? and give you the "soldering in layman's terms" lesson I have given all of the people that have worked for me over the years if you would like.

;)

(it's way easier and simpler than it first seems)

For the eyesight... a good magnifier on a stand or arm... or I can give you the name of a great place to order prescription glasses online CHEAP and you can just buy a pair for closeup work. ;)

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