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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 patti6919

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday 01/16/1954

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  • Location
    Tampa, FL
  • Biography
    2009 is the first year for LOR, attending the Re-Plus and Florida Mini.
  • Interests
    Motorcycles and Christmas
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    First year with LOR and am animating only the mega-tree. The rest remains static.
  1. Sorry for the confusion, I did put you on the list. I did not realize that you did not have the flyer. Hope to see you at the mini.


  2. We are up to 29 attendees so far. Check your calendars, we would love to have you attend if you can.
  3. Fall Mini Agenda Update Ron Lister will be discussing how he used Colonnade Strips and Clips in his display, especially on the roof line. Ron's display is fantastic and he has always been very gracious about sharing his knowledge. These seem to be a very efficient way to attach lights, I'm looking forward to see how Ron made use of them. Chuck Hutchings will be doing a demo on his famous North Poles. 10' of PVC can make 4 poles with no waste. He also will bring some "kits" for those of us who want to make things easier. $14 each. There seems to be a never ending list of how to use a pair of these in a display. Mike Demaria from Lightorama will be doing a demo of the new visualizer in the S3 software. He'll have the beta version on his laptop and we'll get to see S3 live. There's a lot of buzz about this new version and we get to have a sneak peek. Paul, our host, is doing pulled pork sandwiches and a veggie pizza, if there is a demand for it. Rumor has it that his house will be smelling of cookies and brownies in the days leading up to the mini. Of course there will plenty of time to seek answers, brag about your display, and to get ideas for future additions. So check your calendars and email or message me with your RSVP and whether or not you want the veggie pizza. Hope to see you there.
  4. Everything for the Fall Mini, Sept 10, 2010 in central Florida is on schedule and we need to get an estimated head count of the persons attending. If you did not receive the FLPC email requesting your RSVP then please reply here and let us know you will be attending. If you would like to be on FLPC's email list then please send me a message with your email and I will add you to the list. There is no charge to belong to FLPC. Hope to see you at the Mini.
  5. Bring your extras, swapping is one of fun parts of a Mini. Sept 10 is not far away and I'm compiling the RSVP list. I also sent out an email to all the FLPC members requesting they RSVP so we can get a guestimated head count. Chuck Hutchings has volunteered to do a demo on constructing his famous North Poles. He can bring some "kits" for us. They will be around $14. Please let me know if you are interested so Chuck will know how many kits to bring. There is a copy of the printable flyer posted on http://flplanetchristmas.com/ with all the contact info. So please RSVP and I hope to see all of you at the Mini.
  6. The first flyer is up on www.flplanetchristmas.com Just click on the 2011 Fall Mini link and it will take you to the page where you can print a copy. It has the answers to the when and where questions. Printing gives you a hard copy that you can post on the frig so you won't forget to put in on your calendars. Hope to see everyone there.
  7. Many thanks to Paul and his wife for offering to host the 2011 Florida Mini. We will be announcing the official date here as well as sending an email to all FLPC members. It will be great to get together and see old friends as well as make new ones.
  8. Hi Everyone, I have had a few emails asking if there is going to be a Florida Mini this year. I know we had a few members interested in hosting one. Let's all chime in and see if we can get one organized. Patti
  9. I just emailed an updated Membership Diectory and Display map to all the FLPC members. The emails to Brian Roberson and Miquel Garate were returned as not being valid email addresses. Please contact me with your updated info and I can resend the info. If anyone else is interested in being a member (no cost) just contact me and I'll send you a membership form. Patti Nasrallah
  10. Hi all, It's getting late and I've had a long day. I will check my inbox tomorrow and will honor all order requests that come in until about 10am EST. Patti
  11. Hi Everyone, Today is the last day to get in on the sale. I will be sending the order off to the supplier tomorrow. If you're interested please get a message or email to me today. Patti
  12. Florida Planet Christmas is having their Summer Group Buy and they have great prices on strobes and vampire plugs. They are the same strobes as CLS, the ones that were in our group buy last fall. Everyone loved them and this sale they are also offering them in colors. Check it out at www.flplanetchristmas.com. The sale is offered to all of Planet Christmas not just the Florida members.
  13. If any one wanted to go together and split an order here are some great bulk prices. http://www.growersupply.com/wirhanbaswfo.html Depending how large of a basket you use, you could also use clear and colored strobes to match the outside lights.
  14. The group buy is open to all at Planet Christmas. There are limited quantites so please make sure you visit http://www.flplanetchristmas.com/ and submit the quantities that you want to order so I can reeserve those amounts.
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