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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.

TheMOX

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About TheMOX

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  • Birthday 03/30/1955

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  • Location
    Central Indiana
  • Biography
    Amateur radio operator, chemist, photographer, gadget man
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    Amateur radio, photography, woodworking, kiteflying
  • Occupation
    chemist
  • About my display
    20 Foot Flagpole tree, Star at 60 feet on Ham Tower
  1. TheMOX

    Feel Horrible

    Our local community has an organization that handles requests for assitance from churches (or other smaller organizations). If we get a phone call for help, we direct them to this group. That group can then act as a clearing house for the specific need(s). A number of churches in our town specialize in particular areas. My church has a clothing ministry. Another does personal care products, another furniture, another appliances, another housing needs, etc. It prevents the con artist from hitting up every church or organization for money with the same story, again and again. When a need is real, we get information from the parent group concerning the individual or family and an appointment is set up to fill the request. It certainly has cut down on the number of unsolicited calls, as the con artists will have usually been directed to the main groups a number of times before they get to our number in the phone book.(sometimes it's good not to be first alphabetically). People with real needs are then served with the limited resources that are available. Greg
  2. TheMOX

    Ice 2012

    A few pictures form ICE 2012 on my Facebook album. They should be open to the public. You should be able to view them without being a Facebooker. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151033471338838.456518.501003837&type=1&l=1dc6881524
  3. TheMOX

    Ice 2012

    Oops, I missed the free shirt deadline. Any opportunity to buy an XL or XXL at the event?? A day late and a dollar short
  4. TheMOX

    Ice 2011!

    A few pictures form 2011 ICE ICE 2011 album Feel free to comment in the album or identify people. Enjoy Greg
  5. TheMOX

    Thanks :)

    In case you didn't see it in another post, there are a couple of short videos linked in the folowing post from Brad's Showvision demos at ICE http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/42039-ICE-photos?p=496598#post496598 I wish I had shot longer!
  6. TheMOX

    ICE photos

    I uploaded a few videos to YouTube from the ICE 2010 meeting. These were shot with my Canon T2i DLSR. A little shaky as I didn't grab a tripod. I didn't think I was going to shoot any vids. The flame pots LCD Screen Part 2 Part 3 Nativity Color Ribbon If the links don't work search for my screen name xomeht Enjoy!!
  7. TheMOX

    ICE photos

    A link to a Picasa web album that i shot at 2010 ICE. http://picasaweb.google.com/stormspotter1/2010ICE# Enjoy . It was fun and informative. Thanks all Greg
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