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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 mattera68

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  1. I added on mine a 4" cleanout fitting at the bottom so I can unscrew the cover and reach in to get the money.
  2. Our 1st year collecting as well, we are just above $200, I was thinking that was not bad. Traffic has been pretty good, the show has been down a couple of nights due to rain and we went live around Dec 3rd.
  3. I had to steal your idea, I don't think mine does justice to yours but it turned out pretty good. Will post pics when I can.
  4. A buddy has my old unit that I modified with a headphone jack to plug in a transmitter. He went to turn on tonight and has very little sound out of the speaker, he plugged in his whole house transmitter, I dont know if it worked prior to plugging that in or not. Anyone have issues with the sound output on one of these? Is there any hope to fix it?
  5. How is it secured? A pipe in the ground and threaded onto the pipe stand?
  6. I love this! Does it collect in the pipe? How easy is it to empty out?
  7. That's awesome! Programming looks very good, I am planning to do that song also but I cut the song down to 2 mins. How many channels?
  8. I am pretty close, couple things to plug in and still test my controllers. I still have a little programming I want to do but I'm going racing this weekend so ill turn them on this week sometime!
  9. Yeah Bill, yours was pretty crazy Saturday night when I was there, but that is probably normal for your house!
  10. mattera68

    Orlando Area?

    So I guess we will be staying the nightnew over near cape Canaveral, so something near there would be nice.
  11. Thanks, I changed it but it isnt showing up
  12. I hate forgetting how to change stuff, where do I get the LOR signatures? I need to change to 144 channels
  13. mattera68

    Orlando Area?

    If the cape is cape canaveral then the cape is where we are leaving from.
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