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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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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? :)

Snow!!! Guess I better pack my galoshes and chains for the tires of my car :P

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Snow, WOW!! I don't get to see much of that. Now I know it will be a neat trip!!

I don't drink because of my health but I would make an exception to taste one of Gary's fine homemade brews. In fact, I would consider it an honor!!

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Snow, WOW!! I don't get to see much of that. Now I know it will be a neat trip!!

I don't drink because of my health but I would make an exception to taste one of Gary's fine homemade brews. In fact, I would consider it an honor!!

Craig...your coming? cool

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Craig...your coming? cool

Where have you been....??? Not in the Sorry thread that is for sure, had you been in there chatting with us you would have known Craig was attending since 2 months ago... :)

I look forward to tasting your Etible Design that we all helped you and your Son win :) That ole Dog Krej was very close :P

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I look forward to tasting your Etible Design that we all helped you and your Son win :) That ole Dog Krej was very close :P

better get there early....lol I might get hungry on the trip up.

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Where have you been....??? Not in the Sorry thread that is for sure, had you been in there chatting with us you would have known Craig was attending since 2 months ago... :)

Isn't it past your bed time??? LOL

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I'm getting kinda nervous...what if Chuck actually pulled a fast one on us and showed up?!? :eek:

I don't know about anyone else... but I am kinda hoping he does! ;)

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I'm getting kinda nervous...what if Chuck actually pulled a fast one on us and showed up?!? :eek:

Are you paying Linda's toll and my first-class round-trip airfare?!? Awesome!

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Craig, your coming! I am looking forward to it!

Thanks Mark!! I am looking forward to shaking your hand and buying you that beer(s) that I owe you!!

Chris, new friends are the best and I am looking forward to making a few. Our hobby is for joy and happiness which I want to share with everyone.

Well off to bed, have to get up at 4am but I'm all packed and ready!!

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Are you paying Linda's toll and my first-class round-trip airfare?!? Awesome!

Definitely not... I just emptied my checkbook on my class trip...sorry.

I hope everyone has fun tomorrow night. Sounds like a real party. Looks like the earliest I can come up is Saturday morning.

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Snow, WOW!! I don't get to see much of that. Now I know it will be a neat trip!!

I don't drink because of my health but I would make an exception to taste one of Gary's fine homemade brews. In fact, I would consider it an honor!!

Looking forward to meeting you Craig, Don't worry about snow, but there may be rain on Friday. Thunderstorms tonight and it has been raining for 2 hours. Last I heard Carrie still had a few things to do so I'm sure it is bummer for her.

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I'm getting kinda nervous...what if Chuck actually pulled a fast one on us and showed up?!? :eek:

I would be ticked after spending good sequencing time BSing with Chuck on Skype last night.

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I can't wait to meet/re-meet everyone this weekend. I can't believe how many folks are going to be there. This is going to be awesome!

I'm not the social butterfly that you might mistake me for by reading my posts, so feel free to walk up and introduce yourself if I look like I'm being a wallflower. Once we get talking, it will be like here where you'll have to work to shut me up :) But I'm not always great at getting the conversation rolling...

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I'm sorry Tim F. didn't want to sell Cathy to Ed or me. We offered him over $100.

Instead Tim purchased some of Chris's Poo... WHY??? Also, Why does Tim and Cathy have Pink Flamingos under their bed??

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