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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. Hooray for you!!! I just saw your 2:18AM test video. Congratulations - you did a wonderful job of sequencing. Now you can relax and have fun! Happy Holidays and good luck with finals. Callie aka Snow`Star
  2. An excellent thread asthebit ofhistory and education containedshould be of benefitto everyone. X P I (Greek - Chi Rho Iota),considered the sacred monogram, was used in ancient manuscripts on what is known asthe "Chi Rho" page. Itindicated the life of Christ and is used to denote Matthew 1:18. The following are"Chi Rho" pages from (1)The Book of Kells and (2)Lindisfarne Gospels. I'm sure no one would accuse the monks who slaved over their efforts dedicated to God of being irreverent or crossing Christ out of the Gospels.
  3. :)WIW iscertainly not trite nor is it overdone to the public at large... unless2 other houses in yourproximity are concurrentlydoing it ...:laughing:. Saying it's been done before isakin tosaying "Carol of the Bells" has been done before. Seeing it in person is an awesome experience that your visitors willtruly enjoy and remember. However, it's your display to doas you wish, isn't it? Have fun - Callie aka Snow`Star
  4. TED wrote: Wemay alsokeep in mindthe known"very close encounter" event of433 Eros, the gigantic asteroid/planetoid,which willoccurin January of 2012. Hmmmmmm ... inspires all sorts of newsequencing possibilitiesfor 2011.I don't think I'll start planning for 2017 -- yet. Callie aka Snow`Star
  5. Oooooooooopsies! :shock:Correction: It is RichardH (not MichaelH)... I knowbetter than torely on my sieve-like memory! Sorry about that, Richard. (Couldn't edit to correct after an hour had passed.) Callie aka Snow`Star
  6. Jeff - The mostbreathtaking and beautiful sequencing of a slow song I've seenwas done by MichaelH for 2006.See his video of"Silent Night" by Sinead O'Connerhere: http://www.holdman.com/christmas/ Callie aka Snow`Star
  7. Aaaaaaaaaaw ... these are wonderful! Thank you. :] Callie aka Snow`Star
  8. A fewsuggestions for Valentine's Day: "My Valentine"- Martina McBride "The Power of Love"- Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion or Air Supply (or various others) "I Feel Love"- Donna Summer (fastdisco type) Gotta love those "sappy love songs." :laughing: Callie aka Snow`Star (forever a romantic)
  9. I can just see it now ... "Dueling Jingle Bells" (based on Dueling Banjos) between the 2 houses. It would be the hit of the town. :] Callie aka Snow`Star
  10. I was able to view the video fine. It looks like you all had greatfun with the interview. Nice job on the display. Aaaaaaaaaw ...I wanted to hear Elmer Fudd, too. :] Callie aka Snow`Star
  11. Carrie - Yet another inspiring and touchingpiece of work ...so beautifully done. Thank you for letting us know - :] Callie aka Snow`Star
  12. What a touching story. I hope the penguin grants her wish 10 times over. She sounds like a sweetheart and shouldn't have to suffer so. Shewill be very muchin my thoughts. Callie aka Snow`Star
  13. Hoooooray for Montana!!! :waycool: You did a wonderful job andreceived my vote. :] I'm positive it was a veryworthwhile learningexperiencethat will alsodelight others. Best wishes for a big win - Callie aka Snow`Star ( alumna MSU - Bozeman )
  14. Ooooooooh, the drama!!!! Once again ... the bar has been raised ! Callie aka Snow`Star PS - Can anyone find his "Wizards in Winter" video? I can't waitto see it.:laughing:
  15. Yikes!! For that price I think I'll make my own. :laughing: Callie aka Snow`Star
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