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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.
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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.
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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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    Christmas Carolina Convention Just 1 Month Away

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    The 2010 Christmas Carolina Convention takes place at the Charles Mack Citizens center in Mooresville, N.C. which is the heart of Race City, U.S.A. on August 28, 2010.

    The Charles Mack Citizens center has spacious rooms with a street view of downtown and wifi internet access.

    Setup will be available from 8:00 to 9:00 am then presentations will begin promptly at 9:00 am. They will run through 5:00 pm with a 1/2 hour to 1 hour lunch break. When the presentations end, tear-down and cleanup will be from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

    To attend, you can register here. A fee of $20 per person will be accessed to cover building rental, lunch and snacks.

    Marriott Spring Hill Suites has been chosen as the host hotel. If you have other hotels in mind, a list of local ones are available here.

    Friday Night August 27th will be a Red Social Hosted By John Bullard and Annalissa at the Host Hotel!

    List of Presentations so far

    # Mel Welch - Fire

    # Mel Welch - cable coiler

    # Ed Bryson - EthConGateway

    # Kevin Dunn - FM Radio

    # Larry Waters - His Train

    # John Bullard - WireFrames

    # The Kennedy's - The MegaFlake

    # DIY controllers/protocols - Mark Schell

    In Between Presentations Show and Tell Time

    It wouldn't have to be elaborate, just something simple to share.

    * scrapbook

    * photo book

    * show and tell items, like a controller or mini-tree

    * FM transmitters

    * notebooks. Some of you are really good at organizing notes.

    * or putting together one of those poster boards with some photos and a small [presentation that runs on your laptop.

    List Of Door Prizes to Date.

    1. Voice Over Package - Demented Elf Productions

    2. Blowmold Gingerbread House - Carl B Zachary

    3. Voucher from Holiday Coro.

    4. Mini Snowfall Lights from Christmas-LEDs.

    5. One case of LED's from Paul @ Creative Displays.

    6. 3 digit tune to radio sign from Holiday Coro - Thomas Gabriel

    7. 4 digit tune to radio sign from Holiday Coro - Thomas Gabriel

    8. 1 Bag of Action Lighting C7 Sockets-William Bottomley

    9. 2 sets of color changing pathway lights - Carl B Zachary

    10. 2 sets of color changing pathway lights - Carl B Zachary

    11. Free sequence voucher from Lightertainment

    12. 5 25' 14/16 awg outdoor drop cords - Evan A

    13. 5 25' 14/16 awg outdoor drop cords - Evan A

    14. 10 25' 14/16 awg outdoor drop cords - Evan A

    15. 200 Light reel of LED Clear Cool White C6 String - Larry Charpiat

    16. Super Star Lights sequence editor - Brian Bruderer

    Join us for the 2010 Christmas Carolina Convention and we hope to see you there.

    But if you can't Make it We will again be broadcasting The Convention Live.

    You will be able to view it here.

    Click Here to Register and to get more info.

    Last Day to Register is August 21st.

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