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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.

    Chip

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      New Orleans
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      Just learning to do Christmas right
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      Scuba, Marine aquariums, and animated lighting
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      Law Enforcement
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      I am currently helping set up a 128 channel display at a small business
    1. LSU just needed a little challenge for the second half....

    2. Under the weather today... Cold and rain make me sick apparently. I'm going to have to add that to my list of things to remember....

    3. Geaux Tigers!!!

    4. This is the BEST Update YET!!!!!!!!!! From the desk of Dan Baldwin, CEO Re: CTB-16PC sales resuming October 7, 2011 and the anticipated release of S3 including SuperStar Light-O-Rama customers: CTB-16PC testing has gone very well and we feel the supply chain issue for this product has been addressed. We will begin selling the latest generation of CTB-16PC product Friday morning, October 7, 2011 at 8:00am EDT. http://store.lightorama.com Final polishing of our S3 sequencing package, including SuperStar has also gone well. I now anticipate the software being released
    5. Here's another update from Dan. I sure hope he mentions S3 soon!!!! From the desk of Dan Baldwin, CEO Re: New product delivery delays Light-O-Rama customers: Final testing of the latest generation CTB-16PC testing is looking good. Boards go through a series of quality assurance tests, each more strenuous than the last. We had a high failure rate in the beginning because of a bad batch of triacs, but of the boards that passed the initial tests, all made it through the last and toughest high load test. We are now testing boards with a different batch of triacs and they have had
    6. On September 31st, 2011 Facebook will start charging you for your account. To avoid this, you MUST get NAKED, use a PERMANENT marker pen and write on your forehead the word S-U-C-K-E-R, and then stand on your dining room table and do the Macarena, all the while singing ”I Will Survive”. After filming and posting it to your Facebook wall and YouTube, then, and only then, will Mark Zuckerberg come down your chimney to tell you that your account will stay free. Pass it on. It must be true becaus...

    7. Had fun at the EAA fly-in at st. John airport... Pics soon to follow.

    8. FYI: Registrar of Voters is remindiing residents the last day to register to vote is this Wednesday, September 21, 2011. If you have changed your physical or mailing address, please visit the Registrar of Voters Office

    9. da bears.... Got Beat!!!

    10. In remembrance of 9/11, I went flying this morning out of 1L0. Clear, beautiful skies, and a big up yours to the Terrorists!!! Nothing on this Earth is as physically freeing as flying. Had some fun and learned alot in a short span of time there.

    11. I take a night off details and this is the thanks I get from the Saints... At least Sproles showed some high caliber skills!!!

    12. For my next trick, I will fall into a short 5 hour coma, then repeat today all over again!!!!

    13. Why is it every time I find a plane in my price range, its either built for people under 5 foot 8 or have some type of hidden problems?

      1. JHolmes

        JHolmes

        Yeah...probably don't wanna risk an under-da-hood problem on a flying vehicle ;)

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