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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.

    April 24 FLPC Spring Mini held in Tampa

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    My husband Richard and I will be hosting the Spring Mini and we would like to extend an invitation for you to participate in this exciting event. We are conveniently located about 4 miles from the intersection of I-4 and I-75. Many hands on working displays are being planned for this event as well as the new Wow Me Mega Tree. We have a couple of acres that can be utilized so if there is a component of your display you would like to bring and share please let me know. The layout is still in the planning stages and there is still plenty of room. Everyone is welcome so please put the Mini on your calendars. If you need further information or would like to be on the FLPC mailing list just send me a PM with your email and I'll gladly add you. Rest assured that we will not share your information without permission. Hope to see you there.

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    I will finally get to meet the one and only Chuck Hutchings. I was so let down last fall when you didn't make it to Lawtey. Do out of state guests have to abide by the rules of behavior when in your presence?



    Sure glad you are making it. Don't know about the rules, but be sure your grammar and spelling is on its best behavior.


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    Update time! We have over 25 decorators coming to Tampa on April 24th. Please let us know if you are interested in sharing a display item and showing us how you made it or using it in your display. Minis are good for selling extra lights or controllers, etc...

    Just 52 days until the Mini! See you there!

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