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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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Am I to assume that its against the rules to buy anything? Are there rules?

I will have to steal the rules from the ICE guys, Ernie..but you can buy something if you want. That much I know! :)

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yOU CAN BUY SOMETHING BRING SOMETHING YOU ALREADY OWN.THE PRICE WAS $20.00 IF I REMBER IT HAS TO BE WRAPED DOES NOT MATTER HOW AND IT HAS TO DUE WITH CHRISTMAS

Gregg

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How about one of those moving yokes?

Now that was funny! I may have a moving bobble-head around here somewhere.............

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yOU CAN BUY SOMETHING BRING SOMETHING YOU ALREADY OWN.THE PRICE WAS $20.00 IF I REMBER IT HAS TO BE WRAPED DOES NOT MATTER HOW AND IT HAS TO DUE WITH CHRISTMAS

Gregg

$20 max price sounds pretty good to me.

Actually this year we never set a price (I don't think!?)

http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/39493-Ice-2010?p=493360#post493360

I suggested an upper limit of $500 last year... and if your going to give strands of mini's... make it more than ONE (ya cheapskate!).:P

It is more about the fun (and laughs!) than the dollar amount. :)

I CAN tell you that extension cords, Digital meters, and Blow molds WILL get "stolen" (or anything that bigballo's wife picks) :D

Just for a refresher:

"The Chart"

WhiteElephantGiftExchange.png

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Actually this year we never set a price (I don't think!?)

http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/39493-Ice-2010?p=493360#post493360

I suggested an upper limit of $500 last year... and if your going to give strands of mini's... make it more than ONE (ya cheapskate!).:P

It is more about the fun (and laughs!) than the dollar amount. :)

I CAN tell you that extension cords, Digital meters, and Blow molds WILL get "stolen" (or anything that bigballo's wife picks) :D

Just for a refresher:

"The Chart"

WhiteElephantGiftExchange.png

Thank you Mr. Ice Guy for posting the chart, I was going to steal it, now I don't have to :)

We will do a White Elephant at the Chicago mini. It is voluntary but remember if you don't bring a gift, you don't get to pick a gift. I will not set a price, whatever anyone wants to do is fine. You do need to wrap your gift, perhaps try disguising it. The more creative you are, the more fun it is.

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32 days & counting... I'm really looking forward to it!!!

So am I, Jeff, cannot wait until all the crazy Christmas light fanatics come to my house for a weekend! OMG what am I doing! :P

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So am I, Jeff, cannot wait until all the crazy Christmas light fanatics come to my house for a weekend! OMG what am I doing! :P

and we are not leaving :eek::eek::eek:

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It's the beginnings of that glazed look I remember from last time.:eek:

Oh yeah, the glaze of excitement and enthusiasm! (and downright exhaustion!)

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Does anyone coming to the Chicago Regional have some extra 40 amp fuses for LOR controllers? I need to put about 33 amps through one. Let me know how much and we can make an exchange there. Thanks.

Lenny

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Does anyone coming to the Chicago Regional have some extra 40 amp fuses for LOR controllers? I need to put about 33 amps through one. Let me know how much and we can make an exchange there. Thanks.

Lenny

I have some aluminum foil - that should do the trick.

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Got mine in too.:)

Now to find that White Elephant.

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Don't forget we will have to wrap that elephant too Ernie. That may take more tin foil than even Brad Caudhill has acquired!:D

Greg

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