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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.

Glyn Holland

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About Glyn Holland

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  • Birthday 03/11/1956

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    computer admin
  1. I ran my virtual Santa during the whole show every night till New Years Eve. This year I wanted to add the Grinch to another window. I have seen a post somewhere that had a virtual Grinch like the virtual Santa but can't find it. Has anyone else seen it and know where to buy it. Anyone else using a Grinch video maybe stealing presents?
  2. just ordered one for Halloween. Final cost was $7.96 which included shipping. Thanks for the info Chris.
  3. So if it is in fact a CM11a inside is anyone using one with LOR and it working? If so what am i doing wrong?
  4. it is the HC60RX serial connection. X10 support line said it works like the cm11a but i don't think it does.
  5. Anyone get this to work with LOR? I got one and tried it but have not had any luck with LOR finding the device. I did get it working with the Active Home software that I downloaded from there site.
  6. I purchased the package also and just got around to trying it last night. I was unable to get LOR (version 2.0.16) to work with the HC60CRX. It did work fine with the Active Home software I down loaded. Has anyone else had the same problem with the HC60CRX with LOR or is is my computer. Are they actually different then the CM11A?
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