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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 reactortrip

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    1. those are pretty easy to get, the march race is real easy to get face value. I have never had a problem getting tickets for either race. With the economy the way it is, they aren't really selling out quick anymore either.
    2. Me +- 1 would be good to go with this minus a hotel room.
    3. The nightmare that is Sevier County tourism would be a blast for a mini. I am definitely in if ya'll have it there.
    4. I got out my DRZ400 and had a blast. Snow/Ice + Motorcycle + Hooligan = Good times.
    5. merry christmas to you as well sad it's almost time to go back to being normal for another year
    6. I know the Swedes have a goat as a yuletide symbol. Maybe they are swedish? There is a lot of traditions out there that carry over from all the winter solstice celebrations in different cultures.
    7. There's a lot more of us in the area than I thought. Found another guy in Lenoir City across the dam this week. I don't think he is on here though, running LOR.
    8. Yeah, I have gotten to do that several times, the track is awesome. I have been around it in a car without lights as a driver without restriction as well. It's amazing to go full speed there. That banking is just nuts. I have yet to be successful to get my motorcycle in there during Christmas though. I haven't tried with the BMW yet, but they flat out refused to let me go in with my CBR600RR. Probably didn't help I was in full racing leathers though.
    9. Was it just Shadrack? I know my sister went to Bristol Motor Speedway on 12/13 and it was fine.
    10. I'm crying laughing at this, I would totally take down my controllers and lights and bring them to your house if you lived within a 100 mile radius of me just to mess with those people. Christmas spirit is gone from those people. I can't believe she swore at you.
    11. probably put up by a decorating company, most of those are incredibly pricey, especially in a market like Atlanta
    12. Mine is fine solid on, but when the mega tree starts going into some fast sequences, thats when I lose the DSL. If the tree is off, I am fine. I thought about rerouting the phone line in the yard, but I just got my grass to come in, so I am not really wanting to do that.
    13. taybrynn, also find out where your phone line runs into your house from the pole or underground. See if any items of your display are on top of it or near it in the yard. Yours may be a different issue with the power to those landscape lights, but the original poster sounds like they are experiencing the same issue as I describe and have on my DSL.
    14. Your power lines are doing it. Current flow through them is changing quickly during the show and this is interfering with the signal from the em fields.
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