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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.
ChrisL1976

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I always thought it was to ignore that JERK Chuck Hutchings who is always correcting spelling etc...

I stand corrected... actually THAT one is rule number 2...

Rule number one is actually that Tim F. is NOT as "jerky" as he seems to be.... he IS however that "frugal" (AKA: CHEAP!)

:)

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Ahhh, don't worry. One of us with checkbooks or credit cards would be able to pay for you.

I assume you have both and have stepped forward to volunteer...

Let's all give Luke a big ol' pat on the back!!!

What a guy! :rolleyes:

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Ahhh, don't worry. One of us with checkbooks or credit cards would be able to pay for you.

Thanks very kind of you Luke but we have been told we can pay at a toll Oasis. Going to try and find one Friday morning.

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Ahhh, don't worry. One of us with checkbooks or credit cards would be able to pay for you.

I never said that I would pay anyone's Toll... But I did say that I would pay for some Becks or other types of Beer for people Friday night... What kind of brews do the lads from the UK like?? Surely not Newcastle... ;)

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I assume you have both and have stepped forward to volunteer...

Let's all give Luke a big ol' pat on the back!!!

What a guy! :rolleyes:

I never said I was bringing a checkbook...I figured others would! Hence the "us"...

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We got a slip from a toll booth to send off payment but can not pay this way as they want a cheq or money order not cash.

We can't pay on line as we are out of country . Phoning the car rental Co for advice.

You can get a money order pretty cheap at any post office or even a Wal-Mart. It will be worth your while- I'd hate to see your $1.50 toll turn into a $100+ hassle.

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You can get a money order pretty cheap at any post office or even a Wal-Mart. It will be worth your while- I'd hate to see your $1.50 toll turn into a $100+ hassle.

Good luck finding a wal-mart in Chicago.. i will see you guys tommorrow evening. or earlier depends on who we meet at the hotel.

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I'm sorry I have a V-Flood and V-drive kit here... maybe I should bring it and William can bring some parts and complete them at the event to show everyone how easy it is!

;)

Terry I will have my solder station and all there...Time permitting I will see if I can build them for you...

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Terry!! That really does sound like a Good Idea, I could really benefit from it! I want a few VFloods :)

I am bringing extra boards if you would like to purchase some Tory..

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Made it! While signing in at the Courtyard I could hear the words "Christmas Lights" in the background. Clearly the right place.:)

It was kind of odd though, as soon as we passed over the Illinois boarder that the sun came out.:cool::rolleyes:

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I'll be going to bed early so I can make Chicago breakfast in the morning! Google says 5 hours and 15 minutes LOL..I'm hoping for 4+ a little.Traffic should be minimal on a Sat morning early... I hope! I do gain an hour during the trip so I don't have to get up too early! See all of you at 8:30!

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Dang... Looks like that drive on the 90 will be killer for everyone... I too have a 9-10hour drive with the time change, I will have to factor in a little more time it looks like... I will be hitting the road from Northern NC to Chicago at 4am in the morning!! Lots of Frappes from MCD in the early morning hours ;)

Yeah...it's killer, especially when you miss your exit and drive about 15 miles too far, then are running out of gas so you take an exit where there appears to be civilization but you drive another 9 miles without finding a gas station, so you turn around and go in the other directions coasting because you are driving on fumes, then you find the gas station and get turned around, find your exit and make it to Carrie's house and NOBODY HAS SAVED YOU ANY PIZZA!!!

(and now that you've met me, don't you dare say I don't need any pizza....)

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Yeah...it's killer, especially when you miss your exit and drive about 15 miles too far, then are running out of gas so you take an exit where there appears to be civilization but you drive another 9 miles without finding a gas station, so you turn around and go in the other directions coasting because you are driving on fumes, then you find the gas station and get turned around, find your exit and make it to Carrie's house and NOBODY HAS SAVED YOU ANY PIZZA!!!

(and now that you've met me, don't you dare say I don't need any pizza....)

I think you were arriving as we were packing up some purchases. Boy am I glad I wasn't standing between you and Pizza!

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Yeah...it's killer, especially when you miss your exit and drive about 15 miles too far, then are running out of gas so you take an exit where there appears to be civilization but you drive another 9 miles without finding a gas station, so you turn around and go in the other directions coasting because you are driving on fumes, then you find the gas station and get turned around, find your exit and make it to Carrie's house and NOBODY HAS SAVED YOU ANY PIZZA!!!

(and now that you've met me, don't you dare say I don't need any pizza....)

I'm sorry, that I shook your hand so hard... I think I was trying to get a little warmth into them... Couldn't really feel them that late in the night...

Did you Drive to California and Back Judy?? :)

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I think Judy discovered the hard way that she needs to invest in a GPS before the 8000-mile mega tour :)

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