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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.

JerryK

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    Hartley, IA
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    High School Band Director
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  1. JerryK

    Silent site?

    One big change has been Facebook. This site used to be flooded with posts. I have been on a long time. A lot of people I used to see on here everyday I hardly see anymore. I think with all the specialized Facebooks has made this site a little slower. People don't want to be checking all these places. They go to a specialized Facebook site, post a question, and within minutes get a response.
  2. Don't know where else to post this. In past years I have used Zara radio connected to my computer to broadcast Christmas music thru an FM transmitter. This year I will be using this transmitter to broadcast the show music. What I would like to do is still use Zara to broadcast Christmas music when the show isn't running. Does anyone have any suggestions how to do this? It doesn't have to be done with Zara. I want to broadcast music from my computer from 9:00 pm until 4:30 pm then show music from 4:30 to 9:00. I do not use my computer to run the show.
  3. And in a month this info will be outdated. By doing previous searches he can see what people feel is needed to run LOR. Which basically is anything since it is not a big resource hog. I still feel it's best to have a minimum computer to run LOR and get a good one for internet. My question is while you are running LOR, will you be surfing the internet at the same time?
  4. Many previous discussions on this. Search is a useful tool
  5. Cheap Windows XP is fine. Do not use a Mac.
  6. Got my tickets for the Mannheim Steamroller concert in Spencer, Iowa December 11th!
  7. OK, Thanks. Will give it a go. Jerry
  8. If I have a 1TB hard drive do I need a 1TB external hard drive to backup to or is it compressed?
  9. Running Windows 7. What's the best way to backup to an external hard drive so if I ever have to restore I won't need to re install all my programs?
  10. Not everyone uses cutouts in their display. Like DSE said, it's kind of early.
  11. woot.com has security systems and cameras until Jan 25th. http://www.woot.com/plus/lights-camera-jail-1
  12. WOOT has this 8 camera security system today. I know nothing about it, just posting to give a heads up. First Alert DC8810-420 8-Channel / 8-Camera DVR Security System $249.99
  13. I like Scott's idea. That would be cool. You can't stop them so why hurt relations. Work together on it.
  14. Another way to tell I discovered the other night photographing mine. I was using a digital camera and held the shutter button down half way to focus. When I did that the lights were flickering in my camera display.
  15. I had a hard drive fail one time but was still able to get the files off. I have a cable you connect to the hard drive and the usb port on the computer. I was then able to retrieve the files. You might check with a computer repair place.
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