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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    Who's coming to the Chicago Mini????

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    Have you registered for the Chicago mini yet? If so, post it here so we all know who's coming and whether we should hide our valuables or not while we're there. You never know some of riff-raff that's on PC. :rolleyes: Of course I'm kidding. Since Carrie needs to keep your privacy...well private, she cant say who registered so let us know if we need to make sure there is separate areas for the PC riff-raff .

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    I'm going, I was going to wait to see if Chris dropped out, but I figured what the heck!!

    Well I dont want to disappoint my fans here so I guess I have to come. If I dont come, who's going to bring the Fruit arrangement. As long as Carrie keeps us separate, it will be all good.

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    Planning on Being There as well!! This will be the first "PLUS" event that I have been to and am really looking forward to it and being able to meet some of the faces behind the threads and posts on this forum! :)

    Looks to be one heck of an event that is for sure 8)

    Oh jeez....add one more to the riff-raff list. LOL

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    I will be there with my hubby.

    Not registered yet but flights & hotel book. Hope that Volcano in Iceland calms down by September.

    Holy cow, cool! Guess I won't complain about the 8-hour drive ;)

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    i have not registered yet, but i plan on attending. better yet what hotels are you guys staying at? I think someone said something about the courtyard?

    Joshua, most people are staying here ($69 a night) ;)

    I have arranged for a room block at the:

    Courtyard by Marriott - Glenview

    1801 Milwaukee Avenue

    Glenview, IL 60025


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