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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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That's the only thing I get so far? Aluminum foil....

Look at it this way Lenny - it will keep the aliens away! (just ask Brad)

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Look at it this way Lenny - it will keep the aliens away! (just ask Brad)

Greg

That will make my wife happy. Just watching the UFO stuff on TV gives her nightmares ;o)

Lenny

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Only 8 days left until the mini! Got the time off from work, the dog sitter lined up, GPS already set, hotel reservations, now all that's left is packing & hitting the road on the 3rd!

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Only 8 days left until the mini! Got the time off from work, the dog sitter lined up, GPS already set, hotel reservations, now all that's left is packing & hitting the road on the 3rd!

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Look at it this way Lenny - it will keep the aliens away! (just ask Brad)

Greg

Doesn't this go all the way back to PLUS 2007? I remember Brad and his tin foil...

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Doesn't this go all the way back to PLUS 2007? I remember Brad and his tin foil...

PLUS 2003 actually (the very first PLUS). It all started with a crazy lady staying at the Super 8 many of us stayed at-- she evidently lived at the hotel, and her entire pickup truck was covered in tin foil. Evidently she really thought the aliens were reading her mind.

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I know my car got tin foiled at PLUS05 and 07..it didn't work. The aliens must have gotten to me..we have a ton of people coming to my house in a week! Whatever was I thinking?

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I know my car got tin foiled at PLUS05 and 07..it didn't work. The aliens must have gotten to me..we have a ton of people coming to my house in a week! Whatever was I thinking?

I hope the police doesn't get called...

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I know my car got tin foiled at PLUS05 and 07..it didn't work. The aliens must have gotten to me..we have a ton of people coming to my house in a week! Whatever was I thinking?

Would you care to put numbers around what is meant by - "a ton of people"?

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I hope the police doesn't get called...

I'm sorry you just made my head assplode with that lovely grammar

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I'm sorry you just made my head assplode with that lovely grammar

I think that is THE funniest post I have ever read by you Tim! :)

it isn't often I LOL reading posts on here...

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Me thinks it's a couple of tons at least. I go about 300 myself and I know others that are easily 200+.

hmmmm...may not have to cut grass once we get it trampled ;o)

I know I may have just spoiled it as it's salads for everyone now!!

Lenny

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Maybe he assumed there's only one cop in town.

You mean Carrie doesn' live in a small town with Barney Fife as the only Police Officer...??? That is what I was assuming ;)

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You mean Carrie doesn' live in a small town with Barney Fife as the only Police Officer...??? That is what I was assuming ;)

Nope, it is a larger town. Maybe more along the lines of Mount Pilot.

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Nope, it is a larger town. Maybe more along the lines of Mount Pilot.

Good one. <golf clap>

You two monkies know way to much about Andy's N.Carolina...

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Hey Everybody...I've been so busy planning the House on Christmas Street Tour that I have not prepared AT ALL for my trip to the mini! YIKES!

Can somebody catch me up on what I need to bring, besides myself and my sound system? I mean, I saw something about a white elephant table.....

Anything else?

Thanks!

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Would you care to put numbers around what is meant by - "a ton of people"?

Well, I did misspeak..I should have said many tons. A U.S. ton (short ton) is 2,000 pounds. Assuming that the average PC male that is attending Chicago weighs 200 lbs (this will cover the thinner guys as well as the huskier members ;) that gives us ten Christmas nuts per ton. Extrapolating that and including an average female weight of 165 (same assumption, it covers thin and well as zoftig ladies) we should be close to 7 - 8 tons of people at the mini...give or take. :) Does that help? Would you like me to calculate using the UK gross ton, 2240 pounds?

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Can you calulate the usage on your septic system, given that 7 to 8 tons of people eat barbarque?

In a nutshell, no I can't. We don't have a septic system..we have a municipal sanitary system. :D

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In a nutshell, no I can't. We don't have a septic system..we have a municipal sanitary system. :D

It may be a good idea to have Roto Rooter on stand by...I'm just saying

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It may be a good idea to have Roto Rooter on stand by...I'm just saying

There is a golf course quite close just in case...

I'm just saying ;)

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