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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 CrashingDutchman

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    The Netherlands
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    I have always been a big fan of Christmas. I especially love the family get together's.
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    Christmas, of course, Electronics, Formula One racing and r/c airplanes (and a combination of all these)
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    Application Engineer
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    I don't have a Christmas display

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  1. I tried to open the Planet Christmas Radio stream today with Windows Media Player. All I can hear is the intro saying something like 'Welcome to Planet Christmas. Don't forget about our website at www.planetchristmas.com' and then it stops. Anyone else experiencing this? I am on Windows 7 with Media Player 12.
  2. When opening the link from the website, it works. One of my PC stops starts working erratically when I try to close the Windows Media Player. WMP doesn't respond to clicking the close button, I need to use the Taskmanager to end the program. Will check other PC's tonight!
  3. I guess most responses here are from people in the USA. I am from The Netherlands and I guess it's a different story here. We live in a small country and for most people it is easy to go home at the end of the day. Distances are not as big as in the USA. My mother is celebrating her birthday at the 25th of december, with a lot of guests of course. The guests arrive around 3pm and go home between dinner and 1 am, no privacy problems. Since my wife is from Ukraine (and I am Dutch) we sometimes have her family staying with us during the christmas/new year period, probably 10-14 days. We don't ask them to go in a hotel, my wife is very happy to see them. So, there is much less privacy, but I am happy to do this for my wife. There is a good side in her family staying with us. Since they are only talking Russian (which I can follow only for a bit), there is a lot of time for me to pick up small projects during these 2 weeks. Actually, I am giving up some privacy, but in return I get some more freedom. I hope this was interesting...
  4. It seems it doesn't work today too. I only tried Windows Media Player...
  5. I have the domain http://www.christmaswhosale.net for sale. I acquired this website a couple of years ago with the idea to start a wholesale website or portal for christmas products. I never found the time to start with so maybe it is better to let it go to someone that has use for it. I don't know really what to ask for it. It is currently not receiving much traffic. You can do some googling for it, not many results won't show up. I think it is a nice domain if you are in this business and that is currently the only thing that gives it some value. Anyone interested, please send me a message or post here. I will consider all offers. If I think I need a better price, I will just keep it. Any costs to transfer the domain will be for the seller (me). Thanks in advance! Jan
  6. Depending on your needs, there are a lot of motors to be found at online radio control shops. To name a few: - http://www.aircraft-world.com/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=12&cat=motors+-+0-MICRO (see also 'products -> motors' in this site) - http://www.allerc.com - http://www.hobbycity.com Most commonly used these types are brushless motors. They are often very quiet. Brushed motors aren't very popular anymore in the r/c world. You will find some nice gear reductions too in the sites mentioned above.
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