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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.

LeeLee

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  1. As some of you may remember, this summer we lost a valuable member of our community, Bill Vanderslice, also known by many as Water Bill. Bill contributed a tremendous amount of time, energy and passion to the Christmas lighting community from creating a wonderful display with amazing water fountains, to helping anyone who had questions, concerns or needed help in solving problems they encountered. Bill loved explaining to us “newbie’s” how to work through a problem and helped give us the confidence to move forward and expand our displays. Bill was a founding member of the Florida Planet Christmas where he worked in helping as many people as possible get involved with Christmas displays. His passing will forever leave the lighting community with less shining lights for Christmas. In Bill’s memory this Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm we are asking you to dim your lights for two minutes….then crank the lights and music back up to full power as Bill would not want them dimmed for long. Thank you Florida Planet Christmas
  2. Calvin - Look forward to see you at dinner Friday. Lee
  3. Hi, Looking to see if folks are interested in getting together Friday night for dinner. Thought of going with something different, right out of Guy Fieri Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives. WARNING this is a dive, but offers some of the freshest seafood located on the water near the fishing boats. The do offer burgers and chicken for those non sea food folks. Thinking 6:30pm. Just respond with a count if you plan to attend and I will make reservations. Lee http://maps.google.com/maps/place?client=safari&rls=en&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=singleton's+seafood+shack&fb=1&gl=us&hq=singleton's+seafood+shack&hnear=0x88e5b716f1ceafeb:0xc4cd7d3896fcc7e2,Jacksonville,+FL&cid=13706625737711613390
  4. I will make a list this weekend and get it to Michael. I just would like to check a couple hotels out before putting them on a list.
  5. Where did you get your rosette maker? I remember my grandmother having a heavy cast iron one. I bought a lighter weight model, and it just does work as well. Thanks, Lee
  6. Michael, I got the confirmation, my daughter will be attending with me. Is there any update on hotels in the area? I recall an earlier post suggestion two, any FLPC discounts? Lee
  7. Thanks Patti, I will attend and may bring someone. I'll update my count later but for sure 1. L
  8. I am a Board member on our HOA in Florida. The C&R have teeth if they are part of the deed. I would push your HOA, go to the next meeting or write the president. Go in knowing what the C&R's say. Many HOA board members don't always know them. Now the state of Florida does limit the fines that can be assessed. We passed a rule that if the violation occurs an additional time within 6 months of the first time, we treat it as a the orig. Meaning, there can be fines. The deed restrictions are a legal document and can be enforced in a court of law. We have one home owner here who tested it and lost, the Association was awarded $30,000 and the homeowner had to correct the violation. Good luck
  9. Special thanks to Gene, Lori and crew for hosting the 2009 mini, you guys went all out. Michael and Bill, great job putting the event together. Unless someone has done something like this, they can not imagine the amount of effort it takes to be successful. Bill thanks your education on LED. I now have a base understanding and look forward to next years "The Return of the LED". You probably just saved me countless hours and possible electrocution. The speakers/presentations were great. I don't think I could have absorbed much more. L
  10. Michael, Maybe an item for your agenda, LED lighting or even if its a side conversation. I have been reading what I can on the WEb and feel like I need an electrical engineering degree. What I am looking for is: 1. What the difference between full and 1/2 wave 2. How can I tell which is which, not all boxes marked, even called the 800 number and their tech folks had no idea 3. Can you shorten the length of a string 4. Does if make a difference if you wanted to use LED in a lighting sequewnce Thanks, Lee
  11. Michael, Put me down for 1. Look forward to seeing you again. Lee Leibecki Atlantic Beach, Fl
  12. Your always welcome to help me with my house I can not promise you snow, but we do have palm tree to decorate here in sunny Florida
  13. Michael, Thank you for hosting an wonderful event. This was my first time to attend such an event and it was well worth the price of a tank of gas (remember I drive an Excursion, 11 mpg). I learned a lot and got motivated, even did some sequencing yesterday. Take care, Lee
  14. Great, I am looking through the threads for the time to be at your place??????? I have the address. Lee
  15. Michael, Not sure if I told you within the last two weeks, but I still plan on attending. Lee Leibecki Jacksonville
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