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

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Is Dano coming? Just need to know if I have to bring the extra deadbolt for the hotel and spare car alarm...

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Is Dano coming? Just need to know if I have to bring the extra deadbolt for the hotel and spare car alarm...
Not unless he can fly for free, stay somewhere for free, get a ride for free, and eat for free.

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And who's to say there won't be any fear at the mini?:eek:

Edit: Gee's, nothing like commenting on the previous page a day late.:rolleyes:

Edited by ErnieHorning

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Not unless he can fly for free, stay somewhere for free, get a ride for free, and eat for free.

I'm sorry, I think he's used to doing all of the above, so I'm sure he can find a way.

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Is Dano coming? Just need to know if I have to bring the extra deadbolt for the hotel and spare car alarm...

Thats all??? I'm thinking barb wire perimeter around my car.

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And who's to say there won't be any fear at the mini?:eek:

Edit: Gee's, nothing like commenting on the previous page a day late.:rolleyes:

Ernie - better late than never!

Greg

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Is someone getting married at the mini?

Are you volunteering?

We can provide one heck of an illuminated ceremony.

We tried to get Brad to hold his wedding at PLUS 2007, but he chickened out...

As we have said in the past - what happens in Chicago stays in Chicago...

Greg

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Are you volunteering?

We can provide one heck of an illuminated ceremony.

We tried to get Brad to hold his wedding at PLUS 2007, but he chickened out...

As we have said in the past - what happens in Chicago stays in Chicago...

Greg

I think we almost had him convinced to do it too, but cluck cluck cluck..

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I think we almost had him convinced to do it too, but cluck cluck cluck..
Do you really want to see Steve dance? Really?

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Is Dano coming? Just need to know if I have to bring the extra deadbolt for the hotel and spare car alarm...

Not sure if I can be there. Something about an ankle bracelet. :)

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Not sure if I can be there. Something about an ankle bracelet. :)
Stop and just come clean. You're not going - and you're sure.

Nancy.

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Do you really want to see Steve dance? Really?

Let me remind everyone about Steve's dancing abilities at about 1:40

Edited by csmith
video removed because it was hacked

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Not sure if I can be there. Something about an ankle bracelet. :)

Dan, I have a selection of very lovely ankle bracelets here..I'd be happy to loan you one!

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Love that video - Epic.

ummmm it seems to have been bit tooo Epic!!

Edited by mnkyboy

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Saturday night festivities are the best...

lobsterknifefightawesome1.jpg

White Elepahants, and now Lobster Fights? Whats next?

(Will this mean it's BYOL for this activity?)

Edited by mnkyboy

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Dan, I have a selection of very lovely ankle bracelets here..I'd be happy to loan you one!

Do they had a red blinking LED and radio transmitter like mine??

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Do they had a red blinking LED and radio transmitter like mine??

I do have one with a red blinking LED..and a close friend of mine can easily rig up the transmitter LOL

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I thought that some of you might be interested to know that I have thought it over and happen to have a bunch of frequent flyer miles that are about to expire so I've decided to use those miles to...

...go skiing in Utah this winter.

Hope you all have fun in Chicago. Take pics.

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