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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.

Kevin Ash

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About Kevin Ash

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  • Birthday 02/24/1953

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    Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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  1. Do we have any idea on when we will be wrapping up the day? While in that area may consider the baseball game since the Blue Jays are playing.
  2. Won't be at the Friday dinner but will be there on Saturday.
  3. Could you post your ideas on the gingerbread style as I to am interested and trying to come up with a design.
  4. Sorry about the Olympic Hockey but meeting you makes the trip to Florida all that more exciting. Have been preparing for the day in which I meet you. BTW the rules about Canadians attending - if it wasn't for us old Canadians - Florida would be empty for half the year. LOL
  5. Will be there as I am on vacation in Orlando so the timing is great for me. Looking forward to meeting everyone.
  6. Ok how do International guests have to behave in front of your presence? We do have knowledge of dealing with members of the royal family.
  7. Contact Drew Hickman at Holiday Technologies. He used them at a presentation that we both went to last week. [email protected] They were super. Kevin
  8. Paul, could you please supply as an excel file sheet? Thanks, Kevin
  9. Like you I lost some reindeer and had an inflatable damaged. Outcome, my son and daughter (both high school students at the time) did find out who had taken and damaged the inflatable. When the display was over for the winter these two high school students who had caused the problem came over and helped my son, daughter and myself put the display away. I thanked them for helping and asked why they volunteered and they looked at my kids and said they my son and daughter thought it would be good for them. They then asked if my kids had said anything to me. I was thinking there is more to this. Later I asked my son and daughter how they got them to help. They told me they were the boys who had damaged my display. That was eight years ago, today the same two boys (young men) call me up and ask to help. And better yet they now put up display at their own house. Best Christmas gift I have ever gotten and continue to get. Moral is that sometimes kids can work it out better than getting adults involved because I doubt I would have suggested working on the display. Glad it worked out for you as well.
  10. How about .... http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/soundfx/weather_sounds/thunder_Storm_exclamation.shtml
  11. I thought of that as I got the inflatable yesterday. Having inflated it today I would be concerned that a neighbor of mine two miles away would end up with it. Instead I am going to mount it on plywood and raise it off the ground about four feet. By painting the plywood and supports black I am hoping it gives the impression of having lifted off. Not to worry about the wind as the area in the yard where it is going is protected from the wind and any vandals (those that cut inflatables would have to be tall to reach the inflated area. Good luck if you place on roof and update us after the season as to your success.
  12. Thinking of your daughter and your entire family. You are all in my prayers tonight.
  13. That is truly amazing. I only wish I had half your talent. Keep up the great work.
  14. Post #13 - Happy Birthday Chuck - it will be lucky for you! And thanks for everything.
  15. Remembering your family in my prayers. Take Care.
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