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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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    1. In anticipation of another busy Christmas season, the PlanetChristmas forums are going through one last major upgrade... and we're right in the middle of it. In this case, the main engine (by Invision Power) has been updated and it's a bit like swapping out the dashboard in your car while driving down the road... every piece of information is there... but some things have moved and there's all kinds of new buttons to push. I'll admit to being a bit overwhelmed. Please hang in there as I slowly make tweaks, get things kinda like they were while also allowing for new features. Some of
    2. The staff is starting to piece together the next PlanetChristmas magazine and we're looking for Christmas Expo attendees willing to write articles about their experiences at the event. Tell us what you learned / experienced / did in Gatlinburg and feel free to share some of your high resolution pictures. Never written an article for a magazine? It's easy. Don't worry about the number of words but focus on the content. Tell your story in a way you're proud of. If needed, our editors will clean up spelling and grammar issues to make sure you look great. Please submit your article to c
    3. No shirts this time for three reasons. 1. I always get stuck with the odd sizes no one wants (think super small or XXXXXXXXL) so they end up as really expensive rags around the house. 2. The more vendors give to sponsor shirts the less discount they can give when selling their wares. 3. My wife has banned me from bringing home anymore shirts from tradeshows Bottom line: happy wife = happy life
    4. The Cat5 couplers work great. Been using them for years to connect light controllers where the data cable isn't quite long enough. Use a bit of common sense and keep couplers out of damp areas. p.s. Stay away from the really cheap couplers, though. You get what you pay for holds true.and the last thing anyone needs is an intermittent coupler during your big reveal.
    5. Feel like a little bit of real time chatting? We've just added it. Not exactly the most high tech addition in the world... in fact it brings back memories of telephone party lines from the old days (when several homes shared the same telephone line and anyone could pick up to listen in on the conversation.) Look for "Chat" in the menu bar above just below the PlanetChristmas logo. Talk to you soon!
    6. Chuck

      Go Go Dancers

      Nice! Is the dog part of the wireframes
    7. The PlanetChristmas forum upgrade happened late last night and everything went smoothly. For awhile there were two identical forums running. The old forum was taken off line and the new brought on-line... then the trouble started. We had a heck of a time getting some internet DNS issues worked out but things are coming back to life. The first thing you should notice is, well, nothing. The forum is identical to yesterday but behind the scenes it's running on a newer/bigger/faster server somewhere in the Internet cloud. Please send me an email if you see any oddities. [email protected]
    8. We've been experiencing some delays in the PlanetChristmas forums the last few months. We are hosted on a computer in a well air conditioned datacenter somewhere in Texas but there are times when we need more horsepower than is available. Irritating. I've explored alternatives, including shifting our forums to a "facebook like" format and letting some of you play with a test version. The public reaction was positive. The private emails to me were... well... not-so-positive. Facebook has its place but the consensus is the PlanetChristmas forums don't fit the facebook format. Alrighty.
    9. Three rules: we're positive, family friendly and Christmas Centric. There are plenty of other places on the internet to handle non-Christmas items.
    10. We're looking for a computer geek that will be in charge of the back-office at Christmas Expo. What in the world does that mean? We need someone that can get to the convention center early in the mornings (7:30am EDT), fire up the computers/printers for registration and make sure registration runs smoothly. It will be busy most mornings but calm down a few hours later so you can enjoy Christmas Expo. It would be advantages to be a computer geek because computers tend to act up at the worst possible times. What's this job pay? You'll receive a really nice PlanetChristmas cap and a fre
    11. Sharp eyes... kinda. We're having to do some major juggling to accommodate the larger-than-anticipated crowds. The advanced sessions in classroom 1 will be intense. In classroom 2, the sessions are easier. To keep things interesting we're going to have a random session open to the public... meaning anyone can attend that session without cost. See ya at the end of the month!
    12. You know that irritating channel thehotel TV defaults to when you first turn it on? Seems in Gatlinburg it’sa “special” channel most of the hotels subscribe to and guess who’s on it formuch of June? Christmas Expo! Checkout the commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsrlpSMkCGU Recognize the voice? ThinkDemented Elf.
    13. I remember trying out for the chorus in 6th grade. I also remember the teacher saying in the nicest way I should pursue the tambourine. I can take a hint so I don't sing... not even in the shower and it's for the good of mankind. But... There appears to be plenty of people rather gifted at singing so we're setting up a stage at Christmas Expo we cleverly call "Christmas Karaoke" where anyone can get up in front of a crowd and let us know how Jingle Bells is supposed to sound. This will be fun! Here's the challenge. I have no idea how Karaoke works. I just assumed I could load som
    14. We have managed to get too many teachers wanting to teach too much in too little time so the schedule is being juggled daily to fit as much in as possible. Keep an eye on the website and it will eventually catch up with the absolute latest.
    15. It worked! The odd times got your attention. It's an old trick. Start a meeting at 9:00 and people will drift in late because the time is so "forgetable.". Start the meeting at 9:02 and they remember.
    16. At past events we were able to set the final education schedule months in advance. Not so in 2011. Right when we say we're done making changes another great instructor pops up and wants to teach. We're not good at saying no, so the schedule stays in flux. Watch for an update near the end of this month.
    17. Find vendor info at http://www.christmasexpo.com/Vendors.htm#Interested_ near the bottom of the page.
    18. Hmmmmm. Rest assured accounts are not deleted at random. But... I do get emails asking for help and in almost every case the user has simply forgotten their account name or changed email address.... then there's that 'Caps Lock' key issue
    19. By paying for the music you use you're making a POSITIVE impact on musicians so they can create even more.
    20. Seems there were some java issues in the PlanetChristmas forums with early installers of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 browser. Fixed. I don't typically trumpet Microsoft products... but I've been using IE9 the last few days and have been most impressed. MUCH faster than previous versions and appears rock solid. Find out more at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/products/ie/home
    21. Christmas Expo update as of March 1, 2011 What's up with Christmas Expo? Formerly known as PlanetChristmas Lights Up Symposium (most caled it it PLUS) is alive and well. A very small group of volunteers has been working hard to keep the event fresh and useful for newbies as well as the old-timers. We're talking mega-sessions, super-targeted classes and once-in-a-lifetime product deals. Mega-sessions are where we bring in over-the-top speakers and have demonstrations of next generation ideas and products. These are the thought provoking sessions that get you to thinking about grand
    22. There was almost an entire day when the Signature Generator was off-line as the main PlanetChristmas website was being refreshed. Sorry about that.
    23. Think Seaworld in Orlando Florida 2010. It's their Sea of Trees. You can read details about it in the December issue of PlanetChristmas magazine at http://www.planetchristmas.com/magazine/December2010/index.html#/14/ This video isn't the best. Jump a few inutes into it to see the trees work their magic. >125K LEDs... each is individually programmable and can be any color of the rainbow. Impressive.
    24. A tip jar... hmmmmmm. Kinda like at Starbucks? I always wonder if that $5 bill you can usually see through the side is from a happy customer or planted by an employee Years ago I came up with the PlanetChristmas penthouse mainly to handle the ones that wanted to donate a little money to help defray expenses. The penthouse wasn't advertised and you had to dig pretty deep to figure out how to enroll. There were exclusive forums but not a whole lot of activity... must have been that rarefied air since the penthouse was located above the forums. The penthouse still exists in our new f
    25. I've been watching this thread hoping it would get back on track without any help from a moderator... and it did. Thank you. Please remember our three rules: we're positive, family friendly and Christmas centric.
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