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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.

    Kevin Utz

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      The Night Before Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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      San Jose, California, USA
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      Creative Director

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    1. Well the good news is that the situation has resolved itself. If she was being honest, then I'm glad she received the help she needed, and you still get to contribute all of the money you've collected to your charities.
    2. I'll add my cautionary tale. My wife and I were leaving a bowling alley and saw a woman crying in her car with her small child. She said she needed $50 for gas to get home for the holidays. At first I was suspicious, but the tears really got to me. She genuinely seemed in trouble. All I had was $20 on me, so my wife and I gave it to her. The instant she took the money, the tears instantly vanished, she had a huge smile on her face (the kind that comes from fooling someone) and peeled out of the parking lot as fast as she could. My wife and I just looked at each other and agreed we'd been had.
    3. The original song from the movie is by Mavis Staples. I found a CD on Amazon that has the song on it: http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Christmas-Album-Various-Artists/dp/B0000008CM/ref=pd_sim_sbs_m_1 It looks like it has a few other good songs on there too. I haven't seen anywhere you can buy an mp3 though. I'll keep an eye out and let you know if I see one.
    4. Hi Everyone, If any of you have little kids who enjoy VeggieTales, you can download the entire album, "The Incredible Singing Christmas Tree" for free at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/dp/ref=pe_104650_17577290_pe_19/B001232ODA Not sure how long it will be free, so get it while it lasts. Enjoy! -Kevin
    5. Wow, I sure am sorry to hear about all of the trouble people are having with this software. I was going to buy it until I heard about all of the problems you all are having. Maybe this will help. I checked on the domain name registration for HolidaySoft.com and found the following contact information: Michael Collins Holidaysoft, LLC 9649 Weatherstone Court Windermere, FL 34786 (407) 523-3606 [email protected] I'd suggest giving the phone number a try. Hopefully that will get you some results. Good Luck!
    6. Pumpkin Masters sells an Artificial Pumpkin carving kit. The blades are stronger, more pointed at the tip (to make it easier to insert), and have more teeth on the blade. I used them on a Funkin last year and they worked great. Very similar to carving a real pumpkin with the regular Pumpkin Masters blades. The Artificial Pumpkin blade carved through the Funkin easily and I had lots of control for detail. I'd recommend giving them a try. -Kevin
    7. Has anyone ordered from Christmas Lights Etc? Were you happy with the prices, service and quality of the lights? (Planning on doing my first show this year). Thanks!
    8. Hi Roger, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with your brother, you and your families. May God surround you all with love and hope at this difficult time.
    9. Amazon is giving away 1 free Christmas song per day for 25 days. It started on December 1st but you can still get the songs from the 1st and 2nd at the moment. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_86250151_1?ie=UTF8&docId=1000453281&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=right-1&pf_rd_r=1BGG2HZ5ZFZGC51KS86S&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=502906671&pf_rd_i=163856011 Enjoy!
    10. I just checked out handymath.com. It's pretty neat. One point to consider. Unless I'm mistaken, an arc is a portion of the circumference of a circle. So as long as the height of your arch is less than or equal to 1/2 of the width, then that calculator will work great. However, if the height of your arch is greater than 1/2 the width, then you'll need to calculate the length of a parabola. One formula I found for that where h=height and b=base: SQRT(4h^2 + b^2) + (b^2/2h) * log((2h + SQRT(4h^2 + b^2))/b)
    11. Hi, With the base and height you've given, you can calulate the length of a parabola to determine the length of pvc you need for your arch. In your case, with a 15' base and 14' height, you'll need a length of 36' 7" of pvc. Let me know if that works out for you. -Kevin
    12. It could be that your source files aren't that great, or it could be the quality of the file settings when ripping from you sample CD. Your friend's contact is probably looking for 16 bit 44,100 Hz wav files to work from. I would recommend giving them a copy of your source files, or duplicate your sample CD and give your friend the duplicate CD to pass along. That way your friend's contact will have the best quality files you have available to work from for remastering. Oh, I don't know if you're aware of this, but the Christmas Story soundtrack was just released on November 10th! http
    13. I like the design of the Green one best; it's more eye catching, but I think you should change the "97.5 FM" to the same red color as the "Tune to" text. That would make it much easier to read. Since lots of voters seem to be taking ease of legibility into account, I'm curious if changing the color of the "97.5 FM" to red would change any votes.
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