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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
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  • Location
    Eustis, Florida, USA
  • Biography
    I like lights, music, and friends.
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    My wife and my kids, Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    Learning
  • About my display
    52,000 lights, 32 ch LOR, wireframes...

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  1. You are welcome! My favorite part of the Mini was seeing all the talking going on and sharing of ideas. It was a lot of fun.
  2. The pictures of the Mini are posted on https://www.facebook.com/floridachristmas
  3. Heading to the Florida Mini. Will post pictures on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/floridachristmas
  4. You may want to bring a drink to have before lunch or after. We will have something to drink during lunch.
  5. Totally understand. I have a dog and she is like another daughter to me. I pray she recovers soon.
  6. Sure Sure bring them on. Thanks for sharing.
  7. The Florida Mini is tomorrow, March 23rd. 10am-3pmish. Cost: $16 per person. Tonight, March 22nd is the dinner at 7pm. Cost: Each person pays their own bill.
  8. One more day until the Friday night dinner. We are having dinner at: Celebration Town Tavern 721 Front St Celebration, FL 34747 (407) 566-2526 Date: March 22nd Time: 7:00 pm Cost: We will each go and buy our own dinner. Website: www.thecelebrationtowntavern.com If you want to go just meet us there. Right now 6-10 will be there.
  9. 6 days until the Friday night dinner in Celebration Florida. Several of us decorators are meeting at a restaurant. If you would like to join us let me know. The Florida Mini is in one week. Registration is closed.
  10. The 2013 Florida Mini is so popular (52 attendees and 6 maybes) we are going to close registration. Please notify by email or messaging Michael Beason that you are going for sure. [email protected] We will start a waiting list for anyone new. We are having a Friday Night dinner, at: Celebration Town Tavern 721 Front St Celebration, FL 34747 (407) 566-2526 Date: March 22nd Time: 7:00 pm Cost: We will each go and buy our own dinner. Website: www.thecelebrationtowntavern.com Notify: Michael Beason, [email protected] The Florida Mini: Date: March 23 Time: 10am-3ish pm Cost: $16 per person- Payable at the door. Location: Celebration Golf Club House inside the Windmill Tavern Restaurant. Address: 701 Golfpark Drive, Celebration, FL 34747 Phone:(407) 566-4653 Selling Your Items: Please bring any items to sell. It is a good idea to post on PC or LOR forums. You may sell before 10:30, during lunch, and afterwards. WIFI available so bring your laptop, tablet, etc… Projector and computer set for presentations and for sharing. Lunch: (Included) Build your own deli sandwich with selection of Boars head meats Assorted Cheeses and condiments Chef Choice soup of the day Cole slaw Fresh Baked Cookies Iced Tea & Water This will be served buffet style Hotels: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mcocb-bohemian-hotel-celebration-autograph-collection/ http://www.radisson.com/kissimmee-hotel-fl-34747/flkissim http://es.melia.com/estados-unidos/florida/melia-orlando-suite-hotel-at-celebration/index.html http://www.parkwayresort.com/ Agenda: Tentative 9:00 -10:00 Set up and meet any early birds. 10:00 Meet and Greet - Meet each other and get to know each other and make some new friends. 10:30 Welcome all. Introductions and display information from attendees. 11:00 Using LOR on Multiple houses, Coro, and Using Projectors 11:45 RGB: Types and applications 12:30 Lunch 1:30 Photographing Your Display 1:50 Running a Large Display 2:20 LOR 3:00 Door prizes and 50/50 3ish Wrap it up. Selling items before lunch, and after.
  11. You are welcome! See you both in ten days!
  12. Sorry to hear about your cat. I know from experience how hard it is when a family pet is suffering. Take care and thanks for letting me know.
  13. We are having a Friday Night for dinner at 7:00 pm at Celebration Town Tavern 721 Front St Celebration, FL 34747 (407) 566-2526. If you would like to join us please let me know so we can reserve enough seats. You can post it here or message me.
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