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

Awesome, I would love to see it!!!

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Put it this way Scott. If you aren't there, we're comin to get you !! Besides I need to pick your brain on your "work light" strobes also...

Lenny

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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.

Just my opinion, but I think what webbs300 is offering is for attendees to make the short drive, 80 miles, to go see his spiral tree. Webbs, maybe you want to clarify that.

I had for this to turn a way Webbs didn't intend it to go.

Joe

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i would make the trip to chicago. its on my birthday so it sounds like fun, party in chicago my wife would love it!!!

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i would make the trip to chicago. its on my birthday so it sounds like fun, party in chicago my wife would love it!!!

Good! Glad to know its your birthday..;)

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i would make the trip to chicago. its on my birthday so it sounds like fun, party in chicago my wife would love it!!!

Awesome, another September birthday here a few days later (7th) :giggle:

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Mine's the 7th too! My wife's is the 6th...

Gary, if you can make it, seeing as how there are so many early September b-days, we will do something special here. We did the last time, so I'm happy to do it again!

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Chris, you too? I'm on the 9th!

Mine's the 7th too! My wife's is the 6th...

Thats cool.....it will be a birthday weekend. :giggle:

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Gary, if you can make it, seeing as how there are so many early September b-days, we will do something special here. We did the last time, so I'm happy to do it again!

I think I'm scared:p

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Mine's the 1st!!!

OMG! Dano you too! There are a lot of cool people with September birthdays!

I'll be sure to bake a hacksaw into the cake for you!:giggle:

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I'll be sure to bake a hacksaw into the cake for you!:giggle:

Thanks but I hope I won't need it! :)

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OMG! Dano you too! There are a lot of cool people with September birthdays!

I'll be sure to bake a hacksaw into the cake for you!:giggle:

Don't bother Carrie. I've seen him eat, he'l swallow the cake whole, saw and all.

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Don't bother Carrie. I've seen him eat, he'l swallow the cake whole, saw and all.

So are you saying we should keep our hands away from his mouth while he's eating? :giggle:

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So are you saying we should keep our hands away from his mouth while he's eating? :giggle:

Well, Chris, I don't know about you but I make it a habit to NEVER put my hands near anyone's mouth when they're eating!:giggle:

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So are you saying we should keep our hands away from his mouth while he's eating? :giggle:

I'm sorry but you should be okay as long as you don't go close enough to step on the drop cloth.

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