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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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    About lhadden

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    • Birthday 03/31/1948

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      Nr Norwich, Norfolk, , United Kingdom
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      Gardening, Cross stitch, Reading, Planet Christmas & Christmas decorating
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    1. Hi Kim I think it might be the one in Brians display you saw http://imsirius2.multiply.com/video/item/38/2008_Grinch.wmv http://www.claremontchristmaslights.com/Home_Page.php
    2. Hi Darrel It was so nice to meet you at the Chicago Mini. We had a great time chatting with you and other attendees. We only arrived back home on Saturday so when we get back into our routine we will have to start thinking of starting on this years display. Would like your address too. Linda & George

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      A big Thanks

      Carrie and Dave, What can we say that hasn't already been said. It was a weekend that we will never forget and ranks as the best time ever that we have enjoyed in the USA. The warm welcome by everyone made us feel more than just "the Brits". It was wonderful meeting folk who have only been a name to us for the last 10 years on PC. George finally got to learn how to use the Lightkeeper Thankyou so much for making all this possible. Linda & George
    4. Thanks very kind of you Luke but we have been told we can pay at a toll Oasis. Going to try and find one Friday morning.
    5. We got a slip from a toll booth to send off payment but can not pay this way as they want a cheq or money order not cash. We can't pay on line as we are out of country . Phoning the car rental Co for advice.
    6. Finally arrived here at the Courtyard last night. Flying from Norwich (UK) - Amsterdam - O Hare Chicago took 8 hours. Driving the 9 miles from O Hare to the Courtyard took 3.5 hours. When the sun is not out we dont know whats North , East, South or West. So far been thru 1 toll without paying Now you know how we lost the British Empire Looking forward to meeeting you all.
    7. Thanks Mike. I know you explained this to me & George when we met up in May but this tutorial is excellent. Bye the way I love the wireframes you have made. See you in a few weeks Linda
    8. Jason & Carrie The Courtyard Marriot told us when we enquired about trains to downtown that they do a shuttle to the staion and if you ring them with a time they will bring you back. Linda
    9. Thanks Ronda & Alan I would appreciate it.
    10. Thanks Joe, I am in the UK so I can not buy from the stores. I will be in Chicago in September but I doubt they will be in the stores that early. Linda
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