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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.
Dale W

2011 Christmas Card Exchange, If You Want In, Reply Below

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I will take this up.

PM me your name and address.

I will prepare the list in word and pdf it for labels

Everybody that wants to participate should reply below. For privacy, pm me your:

Name

email address that works with attachments

Username:

Mailing address:

Last year we tried it with two lists (a partial and a full). If you want to do this again, let me know so I can arrange the list accordingly.

Dale W

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The way this will work is that you send me your email, name, user name, and mailing address. When you do, you are acknowledging that you will send a Christmas Card to all the people on the list (usually less than 100 people).

I will put the names in a word file and a pdf file that you can use to print labels.

Purchase the cards and postage required to mail them (there are usually some people from Europe and Canada that participate too), write your PC name in the card and send them out (please, before Christmas).

And then you wait for your cards to use as you see fit.

Pretty simple, right? Cause it is. I spend about 2 hours doing this during the season.

If you have any questions, ask me/pm me or reply in the thread. I will address all questions in the tread, so keep an eye out.

Cutoff for replies will be November 19th at midnight. I will have a list prepared to email on the 20th.

it will work much like 2010's see ( ) except for the partial/international lists. I will only make one list.

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Im want in thanks how do

i give my info

Read first post ;)

Everybody that wants to participate should reply below. For privacy, pm me your:

Name

email address that works with attachments

Username:

Mailing address:

Dale W

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Thank you very much Dale for taking on this project. I've participated every year since joining PC. It makes it fun to get the mail. You get a lot of very nice cards. Some have pictures of lights, which are always fun to see; some are homemade; and some even may even include an ornament. You just never know what your creative friends at PC will send!

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