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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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Let see as there will be lot's of RF going on :cool::cool::cool: just wait tell the LED Flood show off start.

who will be the best LED Flood 2010:rolleyes:

In the words of David Letterman...

"this is only an exhibition, not a competition – please, no wagering. ..."

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But if there is some wagering going on the House gets 50% :rolleyes:

In the words of David Letterman...

"this is only an exhibition, not a competition

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Calls shouldn't be a problem, and I never text. But you didn't say anything about Facebook status updates/Posting on PC via Tapatalk, etc! :)

Hmm, I could probably use one of those new Blackberry devices...:D

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I am bringing samples of Ohio Apple Pie, but there may be a problem. I'm afraid that after sampling it, some may be falling off the round table. Of course, they shouldn't have climbed on it to begin with. lol :-)

Bill

Bill, are you saying you may be under the table..... again!;):D

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ok, i am just here to warn you first, go easy on my wife, she is coming, and has never been to one of these. hopefully the bug will bite her and she will help out more this year! she always just rolls her eyes at me when i start planning new stuff for the show. maybe some apple pie will help? :) :)

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ok, i am just here to warn you first, go easy on my wife, she is coming, and has never been to one of these. hopefully the bug will bite her and she will help out more this year! she always just rolls her eyes at me when i start planning new stuff for the show. maybe some apple pie will help? :) :)

My wife is the same way. She doesn't actually roll her eyes, but as I am talking her eyes glaze over, and I know she is getting bored. She always says that she loves to watch the show when it is ready, but she doesn't want to hear about how it is done. She went to a couple Plus's with me, but she was completely bored, do I don't push her too hard. I guess it's only fair, since I don't go to hair shows with her for the same reason. So we have come to an understanding over the years, I can go as extreme as I want outside, and she stays traditional inside. We are both happy. :-) Looking forward to seeing you guys in Chicago.

Bill

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My wife is coming to Chicago but wont get any closer to the mini than the hotel. To her, a good book and a pool is total happiness. If I want to have fun, I've learned not to push any further. If mom's happy, I'm happy. :) Looking forward to seeing everyone!

I gota remember my quarters for those tolls. I'm assuming they're still there.

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My wife is coming to Chicago but wont get any closer to the mini than the hotel. To her, a good book and a pool is total happiness.
After all of the drinking that might occur at Carrie's (not by me mind you), the hotel pool might not be the best place for her unless the chlorine levels are high. I'm just sayin'

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My wife is the same way. She doesn't actually roll her eyes, but as I am talking her eyes glaze over, and I know she is getting bored. She always says that she loves to watch the show when it is ready, but she doesn't want to hear about how it is done. She went to a couple Plus's with me, but she was completely bored, do I don't push her too hard. I guess it's only fair, since I don't go to hair shows with her for the same reason. So we have come to an understanding over the years, I can go as extreme as I want outside, and she stays traditional inside. We are both happy. :-) Looking forward to seeing you guys in Chicago.

Bill

My wife is coming too. She is the fixer who checks all the lights. She got a Buzz Box for her birthday! She won't be at the pool, I've signed her up for the wireframes class.

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My wife is coming too. She is the fixer who checks all the lights. She got a Buzz Box for her birthday! She won't be at the pool, I've signed her up for the wireframes class.

Mike, you truly, are a lucky man.

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My wife is coming too. She is the fixer who checks all the lights. She got a Buzz Box for her birthday! She won't be at the pool, I've signed her up for the wireframes class.
Nice...I was also able to get the Mrs. involved. She is currenlt building new mini trees. Wait until what I want her to do next...

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Nice...I was also able to get the Mrs. involved. She is currenlt building new mini trees. Wait until what I want her to do next...

Ed you are finally adding Mini Trees to your non-existant display.... This is a plus, but I think you should probably outline your house and windows and maybe a Mega Tree, is the wife going to be responsible for standing up the 20ft Mega Tree all by herself??

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Ed you are finally adding Mini Trees to your non-existant display.... This is a plus, but I think you should probably outline your house and windows and maybe a Mega Tree, is the wife going to be responsible for standing up the 20ft Mega Tree all by herself??

I think she is going to have to hold the mega tree up all season.

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Mike, you truly, are a lucky man.

Nice...I was also able to get the Mrs. involved. She is currenlt building new mini trees. Wait until what I want her to do next...

Just for the record. . . the Buzz Box was just one of her birthday gifts. In general, I've learned, sometimes slowly, that ANYTHING that plugs in is not a gift, no matter how cool it is.

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Just for the record. . . the Buzz Box was just one of her birthday gifts. In general, I've learned, sometimes slowly, that ANYTHING that plugs in is not a gift, no matter how cool it is.

That is, quite possibly, the NAUGHTIEST post ever on PC.

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That is, quite possibly, the NAUGHTIEST post ever on PC.

As I typed it, I actually thought that you might take it the wrong way. There was nothing "naughty" intended or implied.

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As I typed it, I actually thought that you might take it the wrong way. There was nothing "naughty" intended or implied.

SURE... there wasn't.... There will be none of that at the Chicago Mini now...!! :)

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