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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.
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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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
Carrie Sansing

Chicagoland Regional - Friday Night Meet & Greet

I'm definitely coming and I would like:  

  1. 1. I'm definitely coming and I would like:

    • Pan pizza - cheese & Sausage
      6
    • Pan pizza - veggie
      1
    • Pan pizza - Sausage & Pepperoni
      5
    • Pan pizza - just cheese
      1
    • Pan pizza - Sausage, Onion, Mushroom, Green Peppers
      5
    • Thin crust - Hawaiian, pineapple, Canadian bacon
      1
    • Thin crust - just cheese
      2
    • Thin crust - Margherita, fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, olive oil
      1
    • Thin crust - cheese & sausage
      5
    • Thin crust - Sausage, Onion, Mushroom, Green Peppers
      7


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Hi all,

If everyone would please be so kind to answer the poll questions, we'll be sure to have enough pizza on hand Friday night.

Let me know if you're going to attend and your preferences!

Thanks and I am really looking forward to seeing everyone!

If you are coming and you have any special dietary needs, please send me a private message so I can be sure you're covered.

I have one hamburger ordered, you know who you are :)

Edited by Carrie Sansing

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Hi all,

Let me know if you're going to attend and your preferences!

George and me will be there. I have put a thin crust in the poll for him. I like any kind of Pizza :)

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We plan on being there, hopefully in time to still eat. We're not picky, so I didn't vote.

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I can't find the sausage, green , pepper and onion choice on the poll...?

(not a big mushroom fan)

What is considered the "classic" Chicago pizza?

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What is considered the "classic" Chicago pizza?
It's that thick noise...but I see NJ style of pizza ia hanging in there (thin crust).

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It's that thick noise...but I see NJ style of pizza ia hanging in there (thin crust).

I was talking about toppings... I like both crust types depending on my mood ;)

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I was talking about toppings... I like both crust types depending on my mood ;)

I know. I was just poking the Chicago pizza people...

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I can't find the sausage, green , pepper and onion choice on the poll...?

(not a big mushroom fan)

What is considered the "classic" Chicago pizza?

Classic Chicago pizza is cheese & sausage ;)

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I didn't vote because I'm not going to be there till Saturday:(

Eat some pizza for me...Thick crust....:P

Gary,

No problem with the pizza, I will be sure to take care of you. :-) It will be good to see you on Saturday.

Bill

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My vote is in. Hoping to be there for pizza but could be a little beyond 5:00. Thinking of attending the afternoon game at Wrigley.

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The more we look at our schedule, we almost certainly won't be there at 5pm: 7pm would be a better goal. Hope there's still some pizza left :)

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