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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.

    Mel S.

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    About Mel S.

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    • Birthday 09/30/1952

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    • Location
      Wichita, Ks.
    • Biography
      I worked for Wichita Public Schools for 33 years and retired. Married with two kids 22 and 20 both in college, boy that isnt cheap. My wife still teaches so i am home with lots of free time.
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      Poker, walking, and Drum Corps
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    • About my display
      I have a fairly large light display for several years, and I discover lor website right before christmas, and think I will try it out in 2010.
    1. Just saw this post, sorry I took so long to answer. Anytime is good for me. I will check back in a week or so to see if anyboby else answers. I got a feeling everyboby is taking a break, not me I have been busy planning on adding alot. Mel
    2. Any updates, have lots of people signrd up.
    3. By the way Lyman have you tried to contact the two fellows in Hutch. Also has anyone contacted Biscuit?
    4. I sent Eric a PM have not hear from him yet. I since two PM to the two new fellows on Lightorama forums,I do know if that is eage or not, heard back from one of them this morning wanting more information. I should no more this week. As soon as know I will let you know. Mel
    5. I will be there. Matt sorry you can't make it maybe some day but I understand going to school makes it hard. eagle5 I wanted to ask are you and your brother listed in Lightorama forums as tjflory and dburson , that was the two new members in Wichita I noticed in the forums. If you are I sent you a PM through Lightorama . See you all there. Mel
    6. The 7th would be great. So we all meet at Steve's. I am sure he will get back on here and list his address and directions. eagle5 if you get a email from through LOR it is because I am not sure which new member you are there are two . Steve tell me we are are on and I will start trying to contact everybody else.
    7. April 7th would be great, I like to meet at Steve's if that's OK with everybody. If we can do it then I will try and get ahold of the two or three new people and Eric.
    8. Lyman I would be up for it. I noticed on lightorama forums there are two new Wichita members. I would try to get ahold of them.
    9. Yes they are CCR. I really like them, there is so much you can do with them. I am planning on buying 6 more for next year. I am also planning on useing some "dumb" strip next year.
    10. I posted this early. Melttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQLWj3dioRI&feature=colike
    11. Well it has been a week or so since I have heard from any of you. So how is it going? I have had a few problems. Rain kept blowing breaker on two different night and knock off a couple of my controllers. Then last Friday 12-9-11 my MP3 player quit working. Of course I didn't know this until the show didn't start. So I am out in the dark with a flashlight and computer trying to solve the problem I finally give up, so no show on a Friday night. But I have everything up and running . Steve, I hope you got all of your problem solved,. I came by and it look great, of course you know if something n
    12. Davester how is 99.7 working out. That is what I used until tonight. In front of my house I might get my music or a voice singing in Spainish. I guess we have a new Spainish speaking station in town. Had to change my transmitter and signs.
    13. Going to make the rounds tonight I hope, here's a video of this year.
    14. Finally done 100% today. I will get by to see everyone's, maybe this weekend. Everyone have a great time. Mel
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