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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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    San Antonio, Texas, USA
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  1. Even water based clears can yellow...especially visible over white.
  2. Sounds like you should have been in the LSH Academy Cutout class!
  3. Congratulations to Douglas Schultz! You are the proud owner of a $50 Demented Elf Virtual Certificate. Thanks for registering!
  4. Congratulations to Douglas Schultz! You are the proud owner of a $50 Demented Elf Virtual Certificate. Thanks for registering!
  5. The 2009 Lone Star Holidays Academy is coming September 19th & 20th to Houston, Texas. You have seen the facility, heard about the low registration cost, and seen the preliminary class list. Now it
  6. The 2009 Lone Star Holidays Academy is coming September 19th & 20th to Houston, Texas. You have seen the facility, heard about the low registration cost, and seen the preliminary class list. Now it
  7. Register by July 13th for a chance to win a $50 virtual gift certificate from Demented Elf Productions! Winner will be announced on July 14th. Thank you Kevin Dunn (Demented Elf Productions) for supporting the 2009 Lone Star Holidays Academy!
  8. Register by July 13th for a chance to win a $50 virtual gift certificate from Demented Elf Productions! Winner will be announced on July 14th. Thank you Kevin Dunn (Demented Elf Productions) for supporting the 2009 Lone Star Holidays Academy!
  9. 2009 Lone Star Holidays Academy Registration We have partnered up with Expo Logic to give you the simplest registration and payment options you could ask for. Expo Logic is the leader in Trade Show Registration, Lead Retrieval, RFID, Attendee Networking Services. REGISTER NOW! http://www.lone-star-holidays.com/AcademyRegistration.htm PRICE The price for the 2009 Lone Star Holidays Academy is $30. This covers your admission to the event, as well as any workbooks and/or CD’s that may be distributed. This will also cover any food and/or drinks available at the event. Be advised that the price may be increased at a later date as expenses dictate. Avoid the increase by registering and paying today. HOW TO REGISTER Registration for the 2009 Lone Star Holidays Academy is being handled by Expo Logic. When you follow the link above, (or by clicking this link) you will be taken to a 3rd party site. You will need to create an account on the Expo Logic site. This account will be separate from any account that you may have at Lone Star Holidays. Please save this information, as you will be able to go back and edit your registration if needed. Once you have registered for the site, you will then get a chance to register for the Lone Star Holidays Academy. Simply fill out the requested information and save your registration. You will then be given a link to PayPal to pay for your workshop fees. You will notice that your payment is being made to Anthony Vetrano, the Treasurer for Lone Star Holidays, Inc. You do not need a PayPal account to pay for the workshop. Simply follow the instructions on the PayPal site to pay for the workshop. Please note that your registration is not considered complete until you have paid your registration fee. If and when the registration fee increases, anyone who has not paid will be subject to the increase in registration fee. REFUND POLICY As with any event, there are costs associated involved with the planning and set up. Lone Star Holidays’ goal is to provide a quality event at a reasonable price. We understand that things come up and your plans may change, and because of that Lone Star Holidays is pleased to offer the following refund policy: Cancel By: Amount Refunded 06/30/2008: 100% of registration fees paid 07/31/2008: 75% of registration fees paid 08/31/2008: 50% of registration fees paid After 08/31/2008: No refund To request a refund, you need only to cancel your registration. Simply log into the Expo Logic site, and log into your account there. Clicking the “Cancel Registration” button will notify us that you have canceled your registration. If you have made a payment, a refund will be issued to you within 45 days. TERMS AND CONDITIONS By registering for the 2009 Lone Star Holidays Academy you agree to the following: Your email address will be added to the 2009 Lone Star Holidays Mailing list. This list will be used to send information to you regarding the event. Every effort will be made to limit the amount of email you receive from this list. You agree to indemnify, hold harmless and defend the 2009 Lone Star Holidays Academy, Lone Star Holidays, Inc., Anthony Vetrano, and The National Museum of Funeral History (hereafter referred to as “US/WE”) from any and all claims, demands, actions, judgments, costs, attorney’s fees and damages of any kind for liability which they may incur for injury to or the death of any persons or damage to property arising out of your conduct as a result of your attendance to the event.
  10. 2009 Lone Star Holidays Academy Registration We have partnered up with Expo Logic to give you the simplest registration and payment options you could ask for. Expo Logic is the leader in Trade Show Registration, Lead Retrieval, RFID, Attendee Networking Services. REGISTER NOW! http://www.lone-star-holidays.com/AcademyRegistration.htm PRICE The price for the 2009 Lone Star Holidays Academy is $30. This covers your admission to the event, as well as any workbooks and/or CD’s that may be distributed. This will also cover any food and/or drinks available at the event. Be advised that the price may be increased at a later date as expenses dictate. Avoid the increase by registering and paying today. HOW TO REGISTER Registration for the 2009 Lone Star Holidays Academy is being handled by Expo Logic. When you follow the link above, (or by clicking this link) you will be taken to a 3rd party site. You will need to create an account on the Expo Logic site. This account will be separate from any account that you may have at Lone Star Holidays. Please save this information, as you will be able to go back and edit your registration if needed. Once you have registered for the site, you will then get a chance to register for the Lone Star Holidays Academy. Simply fill out the requested information and save your registration. You will then be given a link to PayPal to pay for your workshop fees. You will notice that your payment is being made to Anthony Vetrano, the Treasurer for Lone Star Holidays, Inc. You do not need a PayPal account to pay for the workshop. Simply follow the instructions on the PayPal site to pay for the workshop. Please note that your registration is not considered complete until you have paid your registration fee. If and when the registration fee increases, anyone who has not paid will be subject to the increase in registration fee. REFUND POLICY As with any event, there are costs associated involved with the planning and set up. Lone Star Holidays’ goal is to provide a quality event at a reasonable price. We understand that things come up and your plans may change, and because of that Lone Star Holidays is pleased to offer the following refund policy: Cancel By: Amount Refunded 06/30/2008: 100% of registration fees paid 07/31/2008: 75% of registration fees paid 08/31/2008: 50% of registration fees paid After 08/31/2008: No refund To request a refund, you need only to cancel your registration. Simply log into the Expo Logic site, and log into your account there. Clicking the “Cancel Registration” button will notify us that you have canceled your registration. If you have made a payment, a refund will be issued to you within 45 days. TERMS AND CONDITIONS By registering for the 2009 Lone Star Holidays Academy you agree to the following: Your email address will be added to the 2009 Lone Star Holidays Mailing list. This list will be used to send information to you regarding the event. Every effort will be made to limit the amount of email you receive from this list. You agree to indemnify, hold harmless and defend the 2009 Lone Star Holidays Academy, Lone Star Holidays, Inc., Anthony Vetrano, and The National Museum of Funeral History (hereafter referred to as “US/WE”) from any and all claims, demands, actions, judgments, costs, attorney’s fees and damages of any kind for liability which they may incur for injury to or the death of any persons or damage to property arising out of your conduct as a result of your attendance to the event.
  11. Dave...I am holding you to that statement...even if I have to drag you out kicking and screaming!
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