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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.

mira

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About mira

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  • Birthday 11/29/1959

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  • Location
    Cahokia, Illinois, USA
  • Biography
    Married to Chuck (cmoore on PC) one adult daughter Joanna
  • Interests
    Our Christmas display (of course)
    Scrapbooking and photography
  • Occupation
    Inventory Clerk for Radiology Department
  • About my display
    Telling the real reason for the season is the most important part of our display-Christ's birth. Lots of lights and a fair amount of LOR channels. A MERRY CHRISTMAS SIGN that also lights CHRIST IS CHRISTMAS with the help of LOR. 2008 we wil be adding music sequencies, making our mega tree fuller, adding an eight foot cross lit in white and blue LED's and a third window frame that doubles as the letter "C" for the Go Fish song "Christmas With a Capital C."
  1. mira

    Slam 2013

    Hi! I have emailed the maps and info for SLAM. Please email me If you did not receive yours. [email protected],net It is never to late to register.
  2. mira

    Slam 2013

    Mark your calendars; June 8th is the date for SLAM 2013. The event will be held at a beautiful farm near Pacific MO. For more information please see the SLAM website: http://www.slam-stlouis.com/
  3. SLAM is fast approaching. Please go to: http://www.slam-stlouis.com/ For more information.
  4. SLAM is fast approaching. Please go to: http://www.slam-stlouis.com/ For more information.
  5. The website is up and running for SLAM. http://www.slam-stlouis.com/
  6. Website is up and running for SLAM. More information will be added. http://www.slam-stlouis.com/
  7. Mark you calendars, June 2nd is the date for SLAM. More informatio to follow. Please send me a PM with questions or to let us know you are planning on attending. Look forwad to seeing you there!
  8. Mark you calendars, June 2nd is the date for SLAM. More informatio to follow. Please send me a PM with questions or to let us know you are planning on attending. Look forwad to seeing you there!
  9. FYI…There will be a SLAM-St. Louis Area Meet-Up this year. We are looking at sometime in May or June in Pacific MO. I will post more details when the date is confirmed.
  10. FYI…There will be a SLAM-St. Louis Area Meet-Up this year. We are looking at sometime in May or June in Pacific MO. I will post more details when the date is confirmed.
  11. Wow it great to read through this old thread. I am happy to say we have returned to our home church. Things have changed and we are attending and taking our grand daughter with us.
  12. Sally, I like 3/4 in spacing for straight lines. I learned this form Marty Slack 4 years ago at PLUS. It worked will for window frames.
  13. mira

    Thank You

    Chuck, Thank you for a wonderful Expo. I thourghly enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks to everyone behind the scenes. The classes were wonderful. I was so good to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. See everyone again next time. Mira
  14. Thanks for the information! We used the trolley quite a bit 4 years ago.
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