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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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Some of you folks on the east coast might want to head inland to the Chicago Mini to avoid Earl!

Stay safe, whatever you do... :)

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

It's an odd thing but having quarters doesn't help if you get stuck in the wrong lane.

TED

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Awesome video!! It looks so real! WOW! Hope that doesn't happen on my drive :)

I always thought Carrie drives faster and doesn't (usually) flip the bird. Hmm, maybe you know somehting I don't! :)

Greg

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That works too! Chicago is known for its Blues!
It's also known for:

-Highest sales tax in the nation

-Highest gas prices

-Illegal to talk or text while crossing streets

-Ample parking

-Highest murder rate in the nation

But as long as my Christmas buddies are there, what can possibly happen?

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It's also known for:

-Highest sales tax in the nation

-Highest gas prices

-Illegal to talk or text while crossing streets

-Ample parking

-Highest murder rate in the nation

But as long as my Christmas buddies are there, what can possibly happen?

What can possibly happen???? Ok, so who's bringing money for bail?

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It's also known for:

-Highest sales tax in the nation

-Highest gas prices

-Illegal to talk or text while crossing streets

-Ample parking

-Highest murder rate in the nation

But as long as my Christmas buddies are there, what can possibly happen?

Ed, will you be delievering all of the Pizza for us in Chicago??

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It's also known for:

-Highest sales tax in the nation

-Highest gas prices

-Illegal to talk or text while crossing streets

-Ample parking

-Highest murder rate in the nation

But as long as my Christmas buddies are there, what can possibly happen?

Make sure that if you are driving and coming in through Chicago, don't talk on a cell phone..use a bluetooth. You won't like what could happen..its illegal. :)

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Make sure that if you are driving and coming in through Chicago, don't talk on a cell phone..use a bluetooth. You won't like what could happen..its illegal. :)

WOW, that is GOOD to know now... Too bad I don't have a Bluetooth headset anymore... To late to buy one, I guess the Speaker will have to do :)

How did the set up and planning events go today Carrie?

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WOW, that is GOOD to know now... Too bad I don't have a Bluetooth headset anymore... To late to buy one, I guess the Speaker will have to do :)

How did the set up and planning events go today Carrie?

Tory, thank you for asking. Everything is going according to plan. Had some great help here today (and I mean fantastic). Tomorrow the second tent goes up..more people will be coming in and we will be good to go! The devil is in the details..

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Tory, thank you for asking. Everything is going according to plan. Had some great help here today (and I mean fantastic). Tomorrow the second tent goes up..more people will be coming in and we will be good to go! The devil is in the details..

You forgot "BWAHAHAHAHHAHAH!"

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Chicago, here we come!

Chicago Blues - Food and fun.

I am not telling Tracy (wife) there may be a pool contingency. While she supports (to a reasonable level) this insanity, it will be good for her to meet some of my brethren. She did in Gatlinburg, and loved the conraderie, but never quite got the concept, so if you meet Tracy at any events, it will be a plus. She is my better half for sure.

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Got everything ready to load up tomorrow morning and head out. Will have lots of Apple Pie with me, I hope Chicago is ready for the Ohio invasion. See you guys tomorrow evening.

Bill

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I've got a 7am out of Tucson thru DFW which get to Chicago around 3pm. It will be good to meet all of you and to say hi to others that I met at PLUS last year. I am so excited to be able to attend!!

See you all there!!

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I know Carrie has posted the weather a day or so ago...just to update....the high for Saturday and tomorrow have gone down to like 70 degrees with low of 50......being Illinois....there may be snow on the ground by Saturday.

Carrie, did you buy hot chocolate? :)

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I've got a 7am out of Tucson thru DFW which get to Chicago around 3pm. It will be good to meet all of you and to say hi to others that I met at PLUS last year. I am so excited to be able to attend!!

See you all there!!

Craig!!! I am so glad that we all were able to help you make your decision to attend the Chicago! I am really looking forward to meeting and talking with you "Professor" This Chicago Mini really is going to be one for the record books, lots of experienced people will be in attendance and I am sure all of the classes on Saturday will be top notch with a lots of knowledge being given out!

Hope you have a 12 pack of Cherry Pepsi for friday night, maybe Carrie will be able to mix you up a little of her mixtures that are good for relaxation :)

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