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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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    1. Hi Tom, I'll work on getting them posted in the next day or so.
    2. Only two more days until this year's OKC Area Mini PLUS and it keeps getting better! I just received notification that Michael Gardner from 3G Lighting Creation is providing door prizes again this year.
    3. Just a few more days until this year's OKC Area Mini PLUS! I received an email today from Doug at Wireframe D'Lites. He has FedEx'd the wireframe for the door prize. It should arrive on Wednesday. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.
    4. I've tabulated the results of this poll and the similar one on DIYC. I've discarded the duplicate votes. The final tally is: 13 April 2013: 6 Votes 20 April 2013: 4 Votes 27 April 2013: 3 Votes So it looks like the date for this year's mini will be 13 April 2013.
    5. I've started a poll in this thread: select the date for this year's mini. It will be open until 15 Feb then we will announce the final date.
    6. These are the proposed dates for the 2013 OKC Area Mini. Please see this post for more details: This poll will be open until 15 Feb 2013. At that time we will announce the actual date of the mini.
    7. It looks like the date most people requested is 21 April. So I will host the mini on that day starting at 1:00 pm. Please RSVP to me at gregory_m_bartlett?hotmail.com (replace ? with @) or send a PM to me and let me know how many people will be coming. That way I can estimate the amount of food needed. See you in about a month!
    8. I would like to announce our 7th annual central Oklahoma Mini Plus. As with the last few years I will be hosting this at my house in Norman. Date: TBD (please vote on the proposed dates above) Location: 1103 Little River Rd, Norman (http://maps.google.c...003259&t=h&z=19) Time: 1:00 pm until ??? Admission: Free as always Open to all PC members and families!!! Newbies and Oldies. We plan to continue the same free style, free form get together that has worked very well for us in the past. However, if someone would like to make a formal presentation or class we can s
    9. Only one more week until the 2011 OKC Area Mini PLUS. Please send an email to me at [email protected] and let me know if and how many people will be attending. I need to get a good head count so I can purchase the paper goods and other misc. items. The address is: 1103 Little River Rd Norman, OK If anyone has questions or problems getting to the Mini please give me a call on my mobile at 405-326-8037. I hope to see you next Saturday, Greg
    10. I have included him on the reminder emails that I've been sending out. So assuming he hasn't changed his email address he should be aware of this event.
    11. Only three more weeks until the OKC Area Mini. I should be finished cleaning out the garage this weekend so we will have plenty of room to show off. See you soon.
    12. Only one month until the 2011 OKC Area Mini PLUS. I look forward to seeing everyone soon,
    13. That is great I look forward to seeing you again.
    14. Hi MikeH You are certainly welcome to attend. I don't have any formal registration or RSVP process. Posting here is good enough. I will be providing further updates in the next few days. So stay tuned to this forum. I look forward to meeting you, Greg
    15. Based upon the results of this poll and the one on DIYC I've decided to host the OKC Area Mini on 16 April 2011. We will officially start at 1:00 pm but if anyone would like to come early you will be welcome. I would appreciate the help setting up/preparing. I'm still looking for people willing to give a short semi-formal presentation. Ideally it would include a demo of how to build or setup something but anything would be great. If you would be willing to do this please let me know. I look forward to seeing everyone again. Just over two months to go. Greg
    16. Hi Larry, You would absolutely be welcome! I live on two acres and if the ground is dry we might be able to back a tractor-trailer in next to the house. However, there is a Wal-Mart Supercenter about 3 miles down the road from me. I'm sure we could get you a ride.
    17. The Christmas decorations are put away. The yard looks barren. All the hard work is finally over. Now it is time to start planning for next season!! I would like to announce our 6th annual central Oklahoma Mini Plus. As with the last few years I will be co-hosting this with Tom (aka Santas Helper) at my house in Norman. Date: TBD (please vote on the proposed dates above) Location: 1103 Little River Rd, Norman (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=1103+Little+River+Rd,+Norman,+OK+73071&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=41.767874,106.78
    18. Hi Mike and welcome to PC. For the last three years Santa's Helper, aka Tom, and I have been hosting a mini PLUS at my house in Norman in the spring. I haven't coordinated with Tom yet this year but I would expect we will do it again this next April. Watch in the Oklahoma forum as we will be posting details there.
    19. Brian, Thank you for inviting us to your annual event. Your display is incredible as always. The treats and hot chocolate were great on a chilly Oklahoma night. Again thank you,
    20. The Mega tree is lit up but not animated yet. Hopefully I'll get to that this week.
    21. Brian, It was pretty much the same. They changed their light setup and had a new stage feature that was cool but the music and story was the same. Catherine and I enjoyed it but at this time I'm not sure I will go again next year.
    22. Tom, I'm sure we will see each other. Catherine and I will be just to your left in Section 4, 5th row back.
    23. Who is going to one or both of the TSO concerts in OKC this week? My daughter and I will be at the Thursday night concert.
    24. The address is: 1103 Little River Rd Norman, OK 73071 http://www.bing.com/maps/?FORM=Z9LH7#JnE9eXAuMTEwMytMaXR0bGUrUml2ZXIrUmQrTm9ybWFuJTJjK09LJTdlc3N0LjAlN2VwZy4xJmJiPTU0LjEyNjI5MjU2NDMwNTMlN2UtNDkuODEwMzk0Mjg3JTdlMTEuMjkwMjk1NTY0MTY0NiU3ZS0xNDUuMjU5NjEzMDM3
    25. Only four weeks until the 2010 OKC Area Mini. It is shaping up to be the best one every. OkieJay is a competition BBQer during the summer. He has offered to bring some of his BBQ to share at the event. We will also be trying some formal classes for the first time. I plan to present a short class on how I've made my mega tree, including sources for materials, calculations for guy wires and tips/tricks for setting it up. I also plan to demo my new Helix Light Controller v2 and the 32 ch SSR daughter boards. If anyone would be willing to present a class on something special that you do p
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