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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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I also ran the speed test; results pasted below

Last Result:

Download Speed: 9398 kbps (1174.8 KB/sec transfer rate)

Upload Speed: 2694 kbps (336.8 KB/sec transfer rate)

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Mark and Rene! I'm thrilled! That's great the two of you will be coming again!

Remember all that pizza? :giggle:

I have you down..and I can't wait to see you both again!

Hi Carrie,

Sorry for the long delay responding.

Yes I remember all of that pizza!!! I still brag to people I know about all of that pizza.

I still say that pizza was the best I have ever eaten!!!

Looking forward to seeing you once again!

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I just ran the test from my office.

will do the test from home

Chicago:

Last Result:

Download Speed: 15742 kbps (1967.8 KB/sec transfer rate)

Upload Speed: 13807 kbps (1725.9 KB/sec transfer rate)

Dallas:

Download Speed: 21359 kbps (2669.9 KB/sec transfer rate)

Upload Speed: 10918 kbps (1364.8 KB/sec transfer rate)

Los Angeles:

Download Speed: 88428 kbps (11053.5 KB/sec transfer rate)

Upload Speed: 2651 kbps (331.4 KB/sec transfer rate)

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Hello everyone.

I've had a lot of inquiries as to when registration will open for Chicago. We plan to have the website up and running for registration on or before April 1.

I know this is going to be a wonderful event, the instructors are coming in from all over the U.S. and we have some great things planned for the weekend.

As we did in 2008, we plan to have another Lab. This time, it will be an LED snowflake, taught by Val Piechur and Gary Camphouse.

Lab content:

We will explain and show you how to attach a power cord to LED rope light and learn the difference between an Incandescent power cord and an LED power cord.

Anyone purchasing the kits for this class will learn how to attach the rope light to a nice powder coated 21

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Hello everyone.

I've had a lot of inquiries as to when registration will open for Chicago. We plan to have the website up and running for registration on or before April 1.

I know this is going to be a wonderful event, the instructors are coming in from all over the U.S. and we have some great things planned for the weekend.

As we did in 2008, we plan to have another Lab. This time, it will be an LED snowflake, taught by Val Piechur and Gary Camphouse.

Lab content:

We will explain and show you how to attach a power cord to LED rope light and learn the difference between an Incandescent power cord and an LED power cord.

Anyone purchasing the kits for this class will learn how to attach the rope light to a nice powder coated 21” Snowflake frame and finish this project so that you have a LED lit Snowflake to take home with you.

You will have the choice of using pure white or warm white LED rope light. If you plan on taking this class, please contact Carrie or Valerie by PM since quantities will be limited.

The price for the class kit is $35.00 and includes everything you will need to complete your snowflake. This is a picture/example of what the snowflake looks like.

Frank and I will take care of the beer distribution during certain class events...There maybe some others from the brat pack who might ask for this honor, but I would not put them in a position of authority...

I'm just sayin'...

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Frank and I will take care of the beer distribution during certain class events...There maybe some others from the brat pack who might ask for this honor, but I would not put them in a position of authority...

I'm just sayin'...

I guess I'll need to get one of these I'm jus sayin' :rolleyes:

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I guess I'll need to get one of these I'm jus sayin' :rolleyes:

Looks like hiring a bouncer will need to be added to the budget. :giggle:

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Looks like hiring a bouncer will need to be added to the budget. :giggle:

I've got that covered..my brother, he used to be a bouncer at some of the "rougher" clubs in Chicago. :D

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To keep everyone's enthusiasm up (adult refreshments are one thing..) I want to let everyone know that if you are present at the Chicagoland Regional, we will be doing a drawing and giving away a set of Snowfall lights. Many thanks to Val!

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this look like someone we know LOL :giggle:

I am not only of legal age... but a very peaceful consumer of refreshments.

I do enjoy quality entertainment though... :D

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Maybe this guy can be hired...I here he hails from the Chicago area...

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Ed, last I heard he was up in Lake Forest..not far from me at all. He cut down all the trees on his property (LF is an old monied estated area)..and made everyone in the community furious. :)

He will not be attending the mini..I value my two Maple trees!;)

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Carrie, Will one be able to access the web cam feed from the internet. Just curious for those who can not attend. I would sure love to be able to see your Blow Mold Restoration and Painting Class.

No way I can attend, but would be nice to be able to web cam it.

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Carrie, Will one be able to access the web cam feed from the internet. Just curious for those who can not attend. I would sure love to be able to see your Blow Mold Restoration and Painting Class.

No way I can attend, but would be nice to be able to web cam it.

Chuck, the plan is to do a webcam feed..but I'm not sure of the details yet. If I do anything with restoration, I will make sure that the feed picks it up. Maybe I'll get the old blow torch out and do some plastic welding afterall. I'm glad you're interested..so if we can accommodate this, we sure will.

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Chuck, the plan is to do a webcam feed..but I'm not sure of the details yet. If I do anything with restoration, I will make sure that the feed picks it up. Maybe I'll get the old blow torch out and do some plastic welding afterall. I'm glad you're interested..so if we can accommodate this, we sure will.[/quote

Thanks Carrie--That would be great stuff to see for sure.

Do you have the link for the Chicagoland web site up yet.

I am presuming that the web feed will be linked on there with times for different classes?

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Chuck, the plan is to do a webcam feed..but I'm not sure of the details yet. If I do anything with restoration, I will make sure that the feed picks it up. Maybe I'll get the old blow torch out and do some plastic welding afterall. I'm glad you're interested..so if we can accommodate this, we sure will.[/quote

Thanks Carrie--That would be great stuff to see for sure.

Do you have the link for the Chicagoland web site up yet.

I am presuming that the web feed will be linked on there with times for different classes?

Chuck, we'll be launching the website any time now. There's been a slight delay..I will be posting a schedule on there further down the road once we get closer. Thanks again for your interest and I'm sorry you can't join us.

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i wonder if anyone would like to see how the spiraling tree is built? i live pretty close to there, about 80 miles.

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i wonder if anyone would like to see how the spiraling tree is built? i live pretty close to there, about 80 miles.

That's not far at all! You should plan on coming up! I'm sure people would be interested in seeing how you build your tree. If you send me a PM with the specifics about it, I can probably slot in some time for this. Let me know!

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Chuck, we'll be launching the website any time now. There's been a slight delay..I will be posting a schedule on there further down the road once we get closer. Thanks again for your interest and I'm sorry you can't join us.

Thanks Carrie, I will keep an eye on this thread for the link to the web site.

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i wonder if anyone would like to see how the spiraling tree is built? i live pretty close to there, about 80 miles.

Wow. That would be fantastic, IMHO! Thanks for offering!

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i wonder if anyone would like to see how the spiraling tree is built? i live pretty close to there, about 80 miles.

Scott,

I'm glad to see you back on PC and congrats on winning the LOR contest. Living that close to Chicago you have no excuse, you have to attend.

There are people coming from all over the country and I am driving in from Buffalo, NY . I attended a mini for the first time last year and met a bunch of great people that I now consider friends, I hope to see you there.

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i wonder if anyone would like to see how the spiraling tree is built? i live pretty close to there, about 80 miles.

Hey, I will throw out the challenge. I am coming from Seattle. That's farther than 80 miles. I for one would love to see this up close. AND, to prove not all of us on this site are jerks.

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I'm coming from Atlantic City, the other end of the country, to prove that some of us are jerks...:D

Glad to see your back Scott - and I love to see your tree...

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