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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.

timdks

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About timdks

  • Rank
    Senior Member
  • Birthday 08/12/1942

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  • Website URL
    http://www.frontdorr.com

Profile Information

  • My favorite Christmas story
    Always thought that the white Christmas tree on the Plaza in the late 40s was my Aunt's Christmas tree. Then I grew up. Bummer.
  • Location
    Olathe (KC Suburb), Kansas, USA
  • Biography
    Let me think about it!
  • Interests
    Photography, videography and editing, woodworking, travel, grandchildren, and Christmas decorating
  • Occupation
    Retired
  • About my display
    My display at home grew too big so it has been moved to Stagecoach Park next to the Olathe Community Center and across from Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop. And I have a much smaller display at my home. Do a Halloween display at home too.

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  1. timdks

    Christmas Expo 2018

    Janice, I found a work-around. When I accessed the Christmas Expo website from my desktop computer, I was not able to reserve a room for other than the three days shown. However, when I went to your website through my mobile phone, I was able to change the check-out date to 7/22 and therefore received the $99 rate for four nights. Even got my confirmation from Marriott. Don't know why I can't make the date change using my desktop though. Might be a problem others experience.
  2. timdks

    Christmas Expo 2018

    Well Janice, just made a run at TownPlace Suites through the Christmas Expo website this morning and still couldn't get a checkout on Sunday, July 22 at the negotiated price. It still only allows a check-in on Wednesday, July 18 and out on Saturday, July 21. Think they'll ever change it to allow a checkout the next morning after the Expo has concluded?
  3. timdks

    Christmas Expo 2018

    Janice, I looked at the Christmas Expo website a few minutes ago (Saturday, January 13 at 9:45am) and tried to book a room at the TownPlace Suites, checking in Wednesday, July 18 and out Sunday, July 22, but their website still only shows in on the 18th and out on the 21st. What did their business office say about extending the pricing through Saturday night? Thanks.
  4. timdks

    Christmas Expo 2018

    Thanks for checking Janice. I looked at a couple of past Expo agendas and it showed a busy and full day on Saturday. So to leave at the end of the program and drive home is really out of the question. Staying Saturday night at the negotiated rate would be outstanding.
  5. timdks

    Christmas Expo 2018

    Janice, that's a bummer about rooms not being available almost 7 months in advance. Surprised the link is still active on the Christmas Expo website if there are no rooms available. So I took your advice and clicked the link to the Town Place Suites, but had a problem there. It said the negotiated rates were only good for the period of July 18-21. I tried to change the 21 to a 22 because of the reason stated above, but the site said, "Rate available 07/18/18 to 07/21/18" I guess I can check out early and not stay the last day, but I hate to boogie early. Or I can pay the up charge for July 21. But the primary hotel said it had rooms at the Expo rate from July 15 through July 24. Is there a way I can book a room for 4 nights, checking in the 18th and out the 22nd and still get the negotiated rate for the entire time? Or maybe there is no reason to stay around on July 21 and I should just head home. Haven't seen an agenda at this point. Thanks for your advice.
  6. timdks

    Christmas Expo 2018

    Well since the last expo attended was called Plus in 2007, thought it might be interesting to attend in 2018. So my first step was to book a room at the Hampton Inn. Through the Expo website, I put in an arrival date of July 18 and departure on July 22. In return I was told that, "The requested rate is not available for 18 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018 at Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas-Mesquite." Now what? I see two other members made reservations. What did I mess up? I changed the default dates because I don't need to check in several days early, and I need to stay the night of 7/21 because of the distance needed to drive home. Help please.
  7. Just a reminder that today, July 4, is the deadline for signing up to participate in the hands-on build your own Rainbow Flood session on Friday, August 3. If you would like to participate in that HAM2012 event, and see your finished product included in the ***ht time demonstration, head on over to http://hamplus.org, click on the registration tab, and sign up on-line. Looking forward to this first time event.
  8. Just a reminder that today, July 4, is the deadline for signing up to participate in the hands-on build your own Rainbow Flood session on Friday, August 3. If you would like to participate in that HAM2012 event, and see your finished product included in the ***ht time demonstration, head on over to http://hamplus.org, click on the registration tab, and sign up on-line. Looking forward to this first time event.
  9. Just a reminder that today, July 4, is the deadline for signing up to participate in the hands-on build your own Rainbow Flood session on Friday, August 3. If you would like to participate in that HAM2012 event, and see your finished product included in the ***ht time demonstration, head on over to http://hamplus.org, click on the registration tab, and sign up on-line. Looking forward to this first time event.
  10. timdks

    Ham2012 Registration Deadline #1

    Just a reminder that today, July 4, is the deadline for signing up to participate in the hands-on build your own Rainbow Flood session on Friday, August 3. If you would like to participate in that HAM2012 event, and see your finished product included in the ***ht time demonstration, head on over to http://hamplus.org, click on the registration tab, and sign up on-line. Looking forward to this first time event.
  11. Just a reminder that today, July 4, is the deadline for signing up to participate in the hands-on build your own Rainbow Flood session on Friday, August 3. If you would like to participate in that HAM2012 event, and see your finished product included in the ***ht time demonstration, head on over to http://hamplus.org, click on the registration tab, and sign up on-line. Looking forward to this first time event.
  12. Just a reminder that today, July 4, is the deadline for signing up to participate in the hands-on build your own Rainbow Flood session on Friday, August 3. If you would like to participate in that HAM2012 event, and see your finished product included in the ***ht time demonstration, head on over to http://hamplus.org, click on the registration tab, and sign up on-line. Looking forward to this first time event.
  13. timdks

    Ham2012 Registration Deadline #1

    Just a reminder that today, July 4, is the deadline for signing up to participate in the hands-on build your own Rainbow Flood session on Friday, August 3. If you would like to participate in that HAM2012 event, and see your finished product included in the ***ht time demonstration, head on over to http://hamplus.org, click on the registration tab, and sign up on-line. Looking forward to this first time event.
  14. timdks

    Ham2012 Registration Is Open

    Mel, we've had a positive response, but there is still time for others to register. We look forward to your attendance this year, along with your spouse.
  15. timdks

    Ham2012 Registration Is Open

    The HAMmers' website has now been updated to include the two-day agenda, as well as the ability to register for this great event. That's right, now we will be starting with a hands-on class Friday afternoon. And Friday night we will be having a light show that will include the battle of the floods, lights that is. The light show will follow the first of three catered meals. So click on over to the website, check out all that will be offered this year, and register. Looking forward to another great turnout.
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