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  • 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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2016 Christmas Expo Preliminary Class List has been posted

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The preliminary class list for this year is now available and we have an A-list of instructors and classes with some of our most popular classes returning and many new classes added. We continue to hear from instructors and will continue to add new classes to the list as the information comes in. Class descriptions will be posted soon so you can get more details.

We are also on our way to a busy vendor hall. The vendors signed up so far are:

Boscoyo Studio
Christmas Done Bright
Christmas Light Show
Holiday Technologies
Reinders, Inc.
Season's Greeters
Universal Concepts

More vendors have told us they are coming so as soon as we receive confirmation, those names will be added to the list as well. Space is limited in the vendor hall so if you're planning on exhibiting, make sure to get your information to us soon.

See you in Chicago!


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