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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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Nicholas Denney

What Else Do You Waste Money On? (Hobbies)

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I collect, restore and sell electrical antiques. I've spent several thousand dollars in the 7 years I've been at it so far.

Here are some more prominent pieces (out of hundreds):


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Restoring antique cars, this is my '83 el camino, with a big block 454 with dual quads and a Muncie 4 speed behind it

Very sweet looking... how many gallons to the mile?

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[q uote name='Sidetrack73' timestamp='1389423144' post='618631'] Restoring antique cars, this is my '83 el camino, with a big block 454 with dual quads and a Muncie 4 speed behind it Very sweet looking... how many gallons to the mile?

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I love music. I played the guitar for many years. With the medical problems I have now I can no longer play. I have ran sound for a church band for a few years and also have done music recording. I miss it a lot but just having the done all of this and the memories keep it alive for me.

 

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Restoring antique cars, this is my '83 el camino, with a big block 454 with dual quads and a Muncie 4 speed behind it

sweet el camino...this is my 1970 nova...327 with a worked power glide.....

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2005 Key West 186DC, 150HP Yamaha Four Stroke. Perfect all-around boat for fishing, wake boarding, beach days, river days, bay days, trailering to the ocean days. But, Boat: (n); A hole in the water you throw money into!

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But... I like it.

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And, more importantly, so does she!

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In the past few years, I've bought a hunting camp, 2 ATV's, a UTV, 3 hunting kayaks, and a closet full of guns, trail cameras, and other gear. Sadly, I haven't pulled the trigger on a deer in that entire time. Without going into too much more detail, let's just say the price per pound for venison in my house is astronomical.

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with that engine, figured gallons per mile.. not miles per gallon.. but very very pretty build..
I prefer to think in smiles per gallon, which is a lot lol

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Restoring antique cars, this is my '83 el camino, with a big block 454 with dual quads and a Muncie 4 speed behind it sweet el camino...this is my 1970 nova...327 with a worked power glide.....
Love nova's and can't go wrong with a 327

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Here's my other hobby… Both fully restored by me, my brother and my friends.

 

My 1955 Chevy 210 Gasser...

 

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And my 1951 Ford Convertible...

 

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Here's my other hobby… Both fully restored by me, my brother and my friends.

 

My 1955 Chevy 210 Gasser...

 

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And my 1951 Ford Convertible...

 

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Nice 55...reminds me of good old 2 Lane Blacktop....sweet car

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Sweet gasser, love 55's. Now I know what your screen name means

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Camera lens. I enjoy doing photography as a hobby and have spent way too much on lens! It keeps me happy, so why not.

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Ham Radio, Studebaker cars, Austen Martin, 40 foot 5th wheel RV and of course anything the wife wants

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