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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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Sorry, Ernie, no matter what I drink, I can't carry a tune in a bucket (you've heard my gravelly voice..its not happening!

I only heard it say "can I speak to Coach fran". jerk

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If I were calling you on the phone Frank.... I would be short too...!! ;)

PLUS you'd have to get someone to dial the phone for you.

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PLUS you'd have to get someone to dial the phone for you.

No Frank, I speak, the phone listens and dials!!..... No need for a keypad, as I am hip with Current Technology :)

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I'm happy to announce that the Chicagoland Regional has another first! This very lovely lady:

JUDY PANCOAST

will be joining us and performing at the Saturday night BBQ at the Chicagoland Regional.

I saw Judy perform at PLUS, she is not to be missed! Please join us for a weekend full of fun and surprises!

If you haven't registered yet:

http://chicago2010.constantlychristmas.com/index.php

I am very excited to be coming to Chicagoland to meet all of you!!! Hopefully my van will still be running after the "2010 "House on Christmas Street" US tour of Mega-Decorated Houses!" But I'll get there even if I have to take a bus!!!

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I am very excited to be coming to Chicagoland to meet all of you!!! Hopefully my van will still be running after the "2010 "House on Christmas Street" US tour of Mega-Decorated Houses!" But I'll get there even if I have to take a bus!!!

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After enough beer, anyone can sing. And if they can't, it doesn't matter.

I believe you are thinking about kareoke!

TED

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Is that your car Piney????... I think we should all use window chalk and write this on our back window while we travel to Chicago!! :)
I don't drive a minivan. Besides, the plates are from Michigan. I think Gary lives in Michigan.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm........

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I don't drive a minivan. Besides, the plates are from Michigan. I think Gary lives in Michigan.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm........

Hummmmmm..... Maybe Gary will attach some flaming Pumpkins to the MiniVan this year!!

I'm in for Kareoke only if I am hammered... LMAO!! ;)

Chicago Or Bust :)

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Now that ICE is over (and what a great event it was!) I'd like to remind those that plan to come to Chicago to please try to get your registrations in. The planning is moving right along, and there are a few surprises in store.

The cut off for registrations is August 19th IF you want a t-shirt. Otherwise, you can register right up to the day of the event or at the door..but you won't get the t-shirt and there will be no reduction in price.

I've been asked, seeing how much fun it was at ICE, if any of you would be interested in doing a White Elephant exchange? Please post your thoughts in this thread, I'll be monitoring it to see if there is interest, and if so, we'll do it!

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I've been asked, seeing how much fun it was at ICE, if any of you would be interested in doing a White Elephant exchange? Please post your thoughts in this thread, I'll be monitoring it to see if there is interest, and if so, we'll do it!
I'm sorry, but I will have to pass on that...I'm usually trying to get rid of that type of stuff without collecting more of it in the process...

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I'm sorry, but I will have to pass on that...I'm usually trying to get rid of that type of stuff without collecting more of it in the process...

Are you afraid this is going to be you??

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I could be in, I just need to see what I can dig up.

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