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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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All right you go on line and it reads 16 members and 88 guests. Who are these people?????????????? 88 guests who where did they come from why are they here?????:cool:

Those are the people who are reading the forums, but don't have an account. They can read the forums, but they can't post.

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But why???????? Join the fun

Been like that as long as I can remember. I joined in 2004, so, if you can change 6 years of past history, please go right ahead.

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I really don't understand why you wouldn't become a member. You can still lurk if you want to but we're really not that scarey... OK, maybe Chuck, but the rest of us are OK.:)

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I really don't understand why you wouldn't become a member. You can still lurk if you want to but we're really not that scarey... OK, maybe Chuck, but the rest of us are OK.:)

I think you forgot about Dale

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I think :psomeone else in this thread:confused::confused: is scarier than Chuck.... I'm just :cool: sayin ;)

Why is everybody using BIG colorful font around here. Did I miss the memo?

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Come on... If you're going to go through the trouble of using color, then why not use some color!:)

Now that is positively a colorful post. ;)

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...if you can change 6 years of past history...

OK, so I don't usually correct grammatical errors, but it's the 2nd time I heard this phrase today. (Eek!) You can't have past history because history has already passed.

So, I also have no idea why people don't join. Before I joined in 2005, I lurked for a few weeks, until I had to ask a question. Then I went and signed up for an account...and have never regretted it since.

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It's also members who are not logged in as well as crawlers and other "bots".

Don't underemphasize the crawlers and bots. CS doesn't want us to know how many, but they are there. Be afraid, very afraid.

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