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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. we aren't going to make it this year. things are crazy @work. we miss you all.
  2. let me know when you get the details worked out
  3. oh yeah we wouldnt miss it
  4. glad everyone had a good time. looking forward to morrow bay
  5. update: meet n greet is the 29th Dan Mayfields place here in Merced. The address is 2943 Bedford Dr Merced Ca. it will start @11:30am and go until...??? Hambugers, Hot Dog and Chili for lunch and if you can bring a side dish or chips etc. Please RSVP with us via email, Dan's is [email protected] mine is [email protected] we hope to see you all there. P.S. There are several hotels/motels close by if you want to come in on sat night. more info coming... John
  6. we settled on the 29th for a couple of reasons. 1st is it is between Easter and Mothers Day and 2nd when we get into May the heat comes with it. in the central valley our seasons are wet, fog, cold and hot. with the first 3 of our seasons pretty much done that leaves the heat. Jeff, if you are sure you cannot make it Ill pm you my street address but meeting in person is always best. more info coming soon. John
  7. ok, guys its going to be sun 4-29-12 at Dannys place in Merced and everyone is welcome. we'll probably start up around noon, time is still up in the air and it will go until.... ill post more here and on facebook within a few days. John
  8. ok, we are thinking april 21st or 22nd or the 28th or 29th for a meet n greet @Danny's place here in Merced. let us know which weekend works and we'll get the ball rolling. BBQ + Jens chili and a swap meet during and after. if anyone wants to do a presentation or show n tell about anything related to this sickness we have feel free... everyone is welcome.
  9. hey Danny, what about your place? youve got the perfect patio and plenty of space...hint hint
  10. a get together/meet n greet sounds good
  11. let us know when your site is up, we are looking forward to seeing it. btw Hi Barry, long time no see bud...
  12. i can make either date just let me know...
  13. we'll be there. cant wait to see everyone again
  14. where & when? its kinda getting close to setup time though
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