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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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In 2016, myself and 2 other lighting enthusiasts from Port Stanley & St. Thomas are looking to start a support group to help new people to learn how to get started with extreme lighting and also to share learned techniques.  Our first meeting will be February 21st in London.

Let me know if your interested or have any questions.

 

Steve B

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Wayner, we did get the group started and at our first 2 meetings we had 8 people each time.  We just had our 3rd meeting this past Sunday, June 12th and we had 15 people.  There's more that are interested but the dates haven't worked out for them.

Our group would be more than happy to have you come and join us at any time. If you can send me your email address along with name, address and phone number I'll be sure to add you to our email blast list so that you can be kept informed about what we are doing and when the meetings will take place.  My email is [email protected]

You can let any of your friends know that might be interested as well.

At least 7 of our group are already booked to attend the Christmas Expo.  Are you going to be attending?

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For the time being, yes. There is a core group of 5 or 6 of us that are based around the London area. We are getting some interest from the Brampton way as well and depending on how the club grows, we may start picking more centrally located places to meet. Our next meeting is in September. If you are interested, let Steve know above and we will make sure you get an invite! 

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Ok awesome. Funny I'm also in the Brampton area. Yes Id be interested in meeting up in September I'll let Steve know. Thank you. 

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HAPPY 1ST ANNIVERSARY

Today we had our Support Group meeting in Georgetown at the Lambert home and it was also the 1st Anniversary of the "Crazy For Christmas Lights, Eh" group. On behalf of the group, I would like to extend our thanks to the Lamberts for hosting this memorable meeting. We had 14 people attend representing Extreme Lighting displays in Georgetown, Milton, Dorchester, London, Por...t Stanley and Windsor.

We want to welcome our newest member, Robin H from Windsor, Ontario, who is working with RGB lights in his display.

Our next meeting date is Sunday, April 9th in Dorchester, Ontario. More details to follow.

If you like to decorate outdoors at Christmas with lots of lights and are interested in being a part of this wonderful support group, just send us a note so we can include you in our group. CFCL,Eh is also available to help those that would like to take your outdoor dislay to a different level and just don't know where to get started. We are here to help you.

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You can also follow our activities at

https://www.facebook.com/CrazyForChristmasLightsEh/

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I am a frequent visitor to Hamilton from Salt Lake City, Utah. I am headed up there for the week of Dec 17, 2018, and would love to drive by some big displays.  ANyone care to share in this forum the good places to go.  Either commercial or private. I prefer private because I can relate better but being away from home the week before Christmas is depressing and I need a little Planet Christmas hominess.  Feel free to PM me or post here if comfortable. 

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