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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 Dwight_Gleason

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  • Birthday 11/16/1965

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  • Location
    Campbell, California, USA
  • Biography
    One of my jobs is the night manager of a residence for seniors, so I get to decorate a three story building for Christmas.
  • Interests
    Light-O-Rama, Geocaching, Camping, Kites
  • Occupation
    DSP Manager
  • About my display
    Simple LOR display. (I have a lot of space to decorate, and lights to use, but not very much power.)

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  1. Hi everybody. It's been reported that the top row of addresses on the second page is getting skipped. (For those who have two pages of lables) It didn't skip any for me, so perhaps it is something to do with different printers. So please be sure that all your labels are printing. Dwight
  2. Hi everybody! I've just sent the lists out. Everybody should receive an email with an excel spreadsheet of the addresses and a word document that's formatted to print on Avery 6250 labels. If you don't receive your email let me know. (PM or email to [email protected]) If you receive TWO or more emails with slightly different attachments please let me know. I made 7 versions of the lists so people who needed smaller "round-robin" groups could be accommodated. It's set up so that everybody should get a card from everybody on their list. If you seen a problem with your address please post here saying "There is a problem with my address, don't send cards to me yet." Then PM or email me. Don't post your address corrections here. I will be out of town from 11/14 to 11/21, but I will make any needed corrections as soon as I return. If you can't use the lists in the formats I've sent, I can do my best to produce your list in another format. Since I will be away for the week, I won't be able to help quickly, though it should still be plenty of time. Dwight
  3. Ok... Since there are no overseas cards this year I'm going to wait one more whole day before sending out the list. (I guess, technically, I already have as it's past midnight.) I'm hoping that the few people who haven't replied to the test/verification email messages will reply before I send out the list, but I won't put it off too long as I'm going to be out of town starting on the 14th. I apologize for not verifying info as I received it. Dwight
  4. Hi all, There are 4 people who sent their information by PM, but didn't send me an email address. Please check your Private Messages for a message requesting your email address so I can include you on the list. I've sent everybody else two email messages. One is to verify their email and postal addresses. The other is an update on the count, and a question I have for you. Please reply to both. Thanks! Tyler - I can't remember when I sent mine last year. I think it was just after Thanksgiving weekend. Dwight
  5. Hi Valerie, I need the email address where you want me to send the list. So far we're at 39 (plus 2 or 3 optionals that I'll explain later.) I'm hoping to send a test email this weekend to make sure I have the correct information. Dwight

  6. So far the list is at 39. I will be sending test emails sometime today or tomorrow to check email addresses and verify that I have the correct postal address information. Dwight
  7. Hi Dwight, I would like to participate in the card exchange- here is our info: Gary C and Valerie Piechur 208 Madison St. Walworth, WI 53184 We can sent to around 50 people if the list gets that long. Thanks for doing this... it's people like you who help to make the Christmas season special :-) Val

  8. Hi all, So far the list has 35 people on it. I've replied to everybody that has IMed or emailed their information to me, so if you haven't received a reply please let me know. I was intrigued by Mike's list of "no-shows" and wondered how it compared to mine. I had kept track of the cards I received so I would know when to stop looking forward to more. I received cards from 8 of Mike's "no-shows" and did not receive cards from another 7 from Mike's list. The remaining 1 person on Mike's list was a shock as it was me and I sent cards to everybody. There was also one person on my list that wasn't on Mike's list. For a moment last year I thought I might not send to my "no-shows" if their names ever appeared on a future list, but I knew that wouldn't make me feel happy. Especially if I received a card from them this year. Having once found, under my passenger seat, a letter I thought I had sent, I know things like that can happen. I also once had to re-send a W2 to an employee that didn't receive the one I sent. Three years later I received a letter from him. With his letter was the original W2 in plastic bag. A farmer had drained his pond and discovered several bundles of mail. Evidently the mail carrier would get tired of doing the job part way through the route and threw the bundles into the pond. The post office delivered all of them that they could read. Clearly some people's cards were lost en-route, some people only sent to part of the list, and some people just didn't get around to it at all. We'll always have to deal with the possibility of lost mail, but hopefully as was agreed participants will keep their commitment to send to all the people on their list. (Whether they've asked to be on the complete list, or on one of the partial lists.)
  9. If there is need for subsets I will do my best to give people the X geographically closest names for that very reason. So far the count is 24.
  10. We do have the option of participating in a subset of the group. People can let me know if they want to send to the entire list or just a subset. That way, if there is a desire to participate, but there are concerns about time or money, a person can still participate. Dwight
  11. Not sure if I should reply to this to bump it into view or just assume that interest is really low this year....
  12. Hello everyone! As I agreed to take this responsibility from LisaJ, I've shamelessly hijacked text from a few of her 2007 posts: Sept. is just a few days away and its time to start thinking about the 2008 card exchange! Where has the year gone? Now for the details....... *If you are interested in joining the card swap please send me your name and mailing address and also include your PC member name. You may PM me here at PC or send an email to [email protected] I will be emailing everyone periodically with updates on the swap so make sure you also send me a good email address. (That's also where I'll be sending the exchange list.) *Please let me know if you are interested in sending to ALL who sign up, or if you would like to be a part of one of the smaller round robin groups I will create. The size of the round robin groups will depend on the # of people we have signed up, but will not be greater than 20. I believe last year's list was about 67 people. *I plan to pass all the U.S. addresses through the USPS address normalization program. This will convert words to USPS standards and add +4 codes to zips. If you have reason to believe standardization will mess up your address, let me know. (For instance, occasionally normalization will change the name of the town, so that it coincides with a local post office substation.) I will notify anybody who's address gets changed by normalization to verify it with them. The reason for doing this is to speed up the postal service's processing of the cards. *Please also let me know if you are willing to send cards to our PC friends in Canada and overseas. *Your name will remain on the list unless: you specifically request removal, you have been inactive on PC for a month prior to the list release date, or you are no longer a member of PC. *I'll be taking names until Nov. 9, and the list will be sent out to everyone no later than Nov. 11. This ensures that all cards mailed overseas will have ample time to arrive, and that we all have plenty of time to address and mail all of our cards! *Cards can be handmade, store-bought, pics of families, etc. Please include your PC member name on the card somewhere so we can put names/pics/ID's together. *I'm willing to prepare the list in a few formats. (Any that I'm capable of making.) I would imaging a word doc, and excel form, and a comma delimited text file would work for most people. Any other suggestions/requests will be considered. *Most importantly, have fun and enjoy getting cards from all the PC friends! Dwight
  13. Those are really nice photos and effects Jim.
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