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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

2018 Christmas Expo Classes

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Just passing along that I have the 2 classes at Christmas Expo geared toward the Newbies in the community:

Illumination of Lights - A overview of all the lights we use in displays, mixed in with some anecdotal information

"I Love it When a Plan Comes Together - Displays the A-Team Way" - Yes, the A-Team and Christmas! I hope some of the attendees are old enough to relate!..... Again, this is aimed at the newbie for Display planning and execution, but all attendees may glean some tid bits in there. 

Being involved in arranging Christmas Expo's curriculum, the newbie tracks have fallen my way, and I enjoy teaching them. It allows me to jade them into attending the class I most enjoy presenting, "The Art & Presentation of a Christmas Display; The Holy Grail"

I hope to see you at Expo! 22 days and counting.... See the entire class line up;


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