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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.

Jerry K

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A Christmas Story
  • Location
    Hartley, Iowa, USA
  • Biography
    Live in Iowa
  • Interests
    Coaching baseball, digital video and photography
  • Occupation
    High School Band Director
  • About my display
    Mostly static

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  1. You can try this: http://www.wma-mp3.org/ What about windows movie maker? Can the file be brought in to that and then saved as an mp3?
  2. I'm using XP. To manually always copy everything seems to me would take some time and I would have to figure out what has changed. What I want to do is make an image of my full computer. Then run backups that saves just the changes. I think I am going to use Norton Ghost. Thanks for all the replies.
  3. I have an external hard drive that I want to backup my computer to. I will then be keeping this hard drive at my work place. I would like to make a complete backup at first and then after that just changes that were made to the computer. If my computer crashes I would then like to be able to restore from this external hard drive. I have looked at Norton Ghost and Acronis true image. Which one is suggested I use? Is there some other program that is easier and better? I am not looking to use an online backup site, I want this on the external hard drive. Thanks, Jerry
  4. Thanks Richard, that seems to have done it. In each thread I like the original post at the top and then the replies as they come in. The way mine was the newest reply was at the top and I had to dig thru the replies to see wht the original topic was.
  5. I like to read posts from the oldest to the newest. The way it is now, the latest response is first and then on down. Is there a way to change this so the original post is first and then the new responses are added?
  6. First of all, audacity does not work with wma files. It works great with mp3 but not wma. This past weekend I converted about 200 songs from wma to mp3 using this free wma to mp3 converter which I found by going to google and typing free wma to mp3 converter. My link It was quick, easy, and worked gret.
  7. ITunes has this one: Jingle Bells (Techno Remix)Techno Lord
  8. You could just send him an email with the picture attached.
  9. Isn't this the whole idea of Planet Christmas? Share ideas,help people, inspire people. So what if they copy. Heck, people will share copyrighted music so why not something that isn't protected by law.
  10. In the first video you can even see their license plate. easy to track down.
  11. Are you looking for places to buy these CD's or the music just sent to you? If you go on Amazon, ITunes, etc. you would be able to purchase and download as music as you want.
  12. Hi Mike, my name is Jerry Klein and I emailed you a couple of years ago about my son who was in to video and going to school for video. You sent me some suggestions at that time. My son has a chance for an internship at a company called Herzog & Company on North Hollywood. This is the address: 4640 Lankershim Blvd. #400 North Hollywood, CA, 91602. I was wondering if you are familiar with this area? We are also looking for any Hostels in that area for him to stay at. His dates for the internship are Jan. 2 - 22. Do these places offer long term stays like this? Is this a safe area for him to be in? Are you familiar with this company at all? Thanks for your time, Jerry Klein

  13. Not really alfram, I'll just say charity donation box and hobby.
  14. Dougp, here is what I would say I appreciated your donation of money for my display to upgrade it. To me it is just a hobby that I feel I can support financially and don't feel right accepting money for it. Tho the donation was very generous of you, I decided to also donate it to a charity for more needing people then myself. I did add to the display by - insert what you want here - making these cutouts, adding these inflatables or blowmolds, or more lights or more channels- what ever fits." If the people who donated the money, who he doesn't know who it was, it hurt by the money being given to charity, which I wouldn't believe they would, then so be it. Perhaps, you could ask them to help you set up or tear down if they feel the need to be connected and to improve your display. That last sentence doesn't sound grammatically correct.
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