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  • 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.
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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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    Hey, are any of you interested in having small get together before we start putting up this years displays? I'd be up for seeing what we all have planned for this season. I usually start putting up my Halloween display in the middle of October and as soon as it's up and running I start on Christmas. So any weekend (except Sept. 24th and 25th) before the 15th of October would work for me. Just a thought.... I'll check in and see if there is any interest.

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    How about Sept. 10th or 17th. That would be second or third Saturday in September. We can do it at my place again unless someone else wants to host this time. Saturdays are best for me. I have my mother in law on Sundays, but can make a Sunday work if necessary. Maybe we'll build a spiral tree just for fun. I know everyone's hot on those this season. Let me know and we'll get the word out.

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    I will request Saturday the 10th off however since that is when the State Fair is going on and we are usually beyond busy, I probably won't get it off and it's also a saturday. So management usually works all 10 days of the fair straight with no days off, but I will see what I can do.

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    Sept.10 would be great. Are talking about oneish. Dave did you try to get ahold of the fellow you told us about that lives on the east side, I think around East Armor.Steve have you try to get ahold of the gentleman in Augusta. I sent a pm to Eric in Goddard to check the Planet Christmas Forums, I have not heard back from him.I will also send a pm to the fellow at 55th and Gold.Last spring he was at K-State and he might still be.Just let me know if Sept. 10 is the date.

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    Hey Everyone!

    I'm at K-State again this year and am not really sure what weekends I'll be back in Wichita, so don't count me in for now. I would like to meet you all eventually!

    While we're all together on a thread, does anyone in our area have a website for their lights that they would like linked to from my site? (lightsongold.com)

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    How about Sept. 10th or 17th. That would be second or third Saturday in September.

    Steve, I've been out of touch and just saw your posting. Unfortunately I'm scheduled to be in St. Louis on the 10th so I'll miss your gathering. Make it a great one.

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    Steve,

    Sorry I haven't responded to some of your post in the past, but have had lot of health problems this past year.

    I think I can make the Sept 10th meeting. I could bring my new version of the north poles I used in last years display.

    Keith luper

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    So it looks like Saturday the 10th at 1:00 p.m. at my place? If that works for most of the group. I live at 1462 Coolidge Ave. Wichita, Ks. Riverside area and Coolidge is about two blocks East (on 13th) of Amidon and the 13th st. bridge. White house with green shutters... I'll make sure we have pizza and drinks. Everyone might bring a sample of a project they're working on (something smaller then a megatree) and I think I could put together a 10 ft. spiral tree if anyone is interested. I know that's a subject I'd like to kick around and see what ideas you'all have about building say a megatree size version.

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