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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.

    ChristmasExpo

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      Our favorite Christmas memories center around huge family gatherings at Grandma's
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      Pittsburgh, PA
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      We're the chief elves at Christmas Expo
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      We get to spend 3 days with endless Christmas trees, tons of lights and decadent decorations.

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    1. Hi Kris - so sorry to hear that you lost the full-body purchase of these items. I know we have a few blowmold folks that attend Christmas Expo but I don't know if they follow us here. A few places I have seen vintage blowmolds for sale have been Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and Goodwill and Salvation Army stores (but only around the holidays). Hope this helps! Janice
    2. If you missed this fun and informative webinar with Brady, Felicia, Kristen and Santa Chuck, it's available on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/ChristmasExpoUSA.
    3. Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes | Christmas Expo is hosting a Free Webinar with The Great Christmas Light Fight Thursday, August 6 • 8pm ET Back in 2014, we hosted the first The Great Christmas Light Fight Discussion Panel with contestants from the first show. Every year thereafter, we hosted the previous year's contestants to share their experiences. It's been so much fun to hear what it's like to be part of a reality tv show! Now we are leading the way again to go even farther behind the scenes and find out from Executive Producers, Brady Connell and Felicia Aaron-White and Casting Dir
    4. It's here! The 2019 schedule has been posted with a total of 80 class sessions, PLUS our Holiday Entertaining classes on Saturday. Your Expo pass gives you access to all classes (as long as they are on the day of your pass). Class reservations are only needed for the Hands-On Workshops and the Business track of classes. The sign up forms for those classes will be available within a few days, as will the class descriptions. See you at the Expo! https://www.christmasexpo.com/files/2019/2019_Education_Schedule.pdf The Christmas Expo Holiday Lighting & Decorating Conference is July 18-20,
    5. The first list of approved classes has been posted and, WOW! what a list. We've had more classes submitted this year than ever before with new topics and many new instructors. There are currently close to 70 class sessions for holiday decorators from the best talent in the industry. But wait, there are still more being reviewed! Christmas Expo is the only holiday decorating event offering this many classes included in the cost of your conference pass. A pass includes access to all classes, vendor hall admission and any available events. View the preliminary list at https://www.christmasexpo.co
    6. @Shawn M. & @Stephen Blue- we are still finalizing some class topics and information; however, I believe you will both find your topics well covered. As far as the pre-show workshops, Drew takes everyone's needs in to account and the vote " before" class happens well before Expo even occurs. And LOR developers will also be teaching during Expo itself so you will have options. However, give me a few more days and we'll have more information that should help you a bit more with decisions. Janice
    7. Expo is 3 days of non-stop classes, presented in easy 1-hour sessions. But if you're looking for more in-depth instruction, consider attending our 1 and 2-full day pre-show workshops. Light-O-Rama (LOR) Immersion (2-day) July 16-17, 2019 Learn how to use Light-O-Rama software and equipment to animate your display from hardware to show design, software and programming design and techniques. Drew Hickman from Holiday Technologies presents this workshop. https://www.christmasexpo.com/light-o-rama-2-day-workshop/ Spotlight on RGB (1-day) July 15, 2019 Are you new to RGB lightin
    8. Hi Shawn! Sending you a pm so we can talk about the classes, dinner, etc.
    9. Join Christmas Expo for Dinner at Joe's Crab Shack on the Daytona Beach Pier Friday, July 19, 2019 We have reserved the entire top deck at the flagship Joe's Crab Shack restaurant on the Daytona Beach pier for a fun get together for Conference Pass holders on Friday evening, July 19. You'll enjoy a buffet-style Joe's seafood dinner, along with dessert, music, a cash bar and an opportunity to relax, network and get your Ho-Ho-Ho on! Thanks to our Daytona Beach partners, it's all included in your Conference Pass registration. Additional passes for spouses/partners of Pass holders will be
    10. The elves are busy planning the Christmas Expo Holiday Lighting and Decorating Conference in Daytona Beach, FL this year! The conference is July 18-20, 2019 with pre-show workshops July 15-17. For those new to Expo, here are some of the details. Christmas Expo features over 60 Christmas-focused class sessions and hands-on workshops that are included at no extra charge in the cost of your conference pass. With the exception of the hands-on workshops which will have limited space, you will not need to sign up in advance for classes. Your pass will allow you to pick and choose - and change
    11. I've heard from a lot of Floridians who are coming Christmas Carl. I'm even a Floridian myself! Janice
    12. As most have heard already, Christmas Expo will be held in Biloxi this year. We're excited about the location - the city offers lots of options for family entertainment, history buffs, water sports, beaches, casinos and, now, Christmas Expo! I will be pushing out information as soon as it's available - we are setting up a new registration system which should be open in the next couple of weeks and our class lineup is already looking exciting. I tend to post updates on Facebook first, then send out emails to our mailing list so if you're looking for up to date info, follow us on FB at https://w
    13. Just got back in late last night and still trying to regroup today, but I will be posting more pictures from the Expo, including ones of the LOR tree, tonight or tomorrow. Janice
    14. All Expo 1, 2 and 3 day pass attendees were automatically entered into a drawing to win 1 of 4 free passes to the 2014 Christmas Expo. We have our winners! Congratulations to: Pierre Lanoue Paul Wood Paul Bagshaw Guy Peterson See you in 2014!!
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