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See my post on Gab board about Christmas. Interesting stuff!

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Interesting history of Christmas Trees
Christmas Trees

How it All Got Started | Trees Around the World | Rockefeller Center
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How it All Got Started
Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Just as people today decorate their homes during the festive season with pine, spruce, and fir trees, ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. In many countries it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness.

In the Northern hemisphere, the shortest day and longest night of the year falls on December 21 or December 22 and is called the winter solstice. Many ancient people believed that the sun was a god and that winter came every year because the sun god had become sick and weak. They celebrated the solstice because it meant that at last the sun god would begin to get well. Evergreen boughs reminded them of all the green plants that would grow again when the sun god was strong and summer would return.

The ancient Egyptians worshipped a god called Ra, who had the head of a hawk and wore the sun as a blazing disk in his crown. At the solstice, when Ra began to recover from the illness, the Egyptians filled their homes with green palm rushes which symbolized for them the triumph of life over death.

Early Romans marked the solstice with a feast called the Saturnalia in honor of Saturn, the god of agriculture. The Romans knew that the solstice meant that soon farms and orchards would be green and fruitful. To mark the occasion, they decorated their homes and temples with evergreen boughs.

In Northern Europe the mysterious Druids, the priests of the ancient Celts, also decorated their temples with evergreen boughs as a symbol of everlasting life. The fierce Vikings in Scandinavia thought that evergreens were the special plant of the sun god, Balder.

Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.

Most 19th-century Americans found Christmas trees an oddity. The first record of one being on display was in the 1830s by the German settlers of Pennsylvania, although trees had been a tradition in many German homes much earlier. The Pennsylvania German settlements had community trees as early as 1747. But, as late as the 1840s Christmas trees were seen as pagan symbols and not accepted by most Americans.

It is not surprising that, like many other festive Christmas customs, the tree was adopted so late in America. To the New England Puritans, Christmas was sacred. The pilgrims's second governor, William Bradford, wrote that he tried hard to stamp out "pagan mockery" of the observance, penalizing any frivolity. The influential Oliver Cromwell preached against "the heathen traditions" of Christmas carols, decorated trees, and any joyful expression that desecrated "that sacred event." In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts enacted a law making any observance of December 25 (other than a church service) a penal offense; people were fined for hanging decorations. That stern solemnity continued until the 19th century, when the influx of German and Irish immigrants undermined the Puritan legacy.

In 1846, the popular royals, Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert, were sketched in the Illustrated London News standing with their children around a Christmas tree. Unlike the previous royal family, Victoria was very popular with her subjects, and what was done at court immediately became fashionableŚnot only in Britain, but with fashion-conscious East Coast American Society. The Christmas tree had arrived.

By the 1890s Christmas ornaments were arriving from Germany and Christmas tree popularity was on the rise around the U.S. It was noted that Europeans used small trees about four feet in height, while Americans liked their Christmas trees to reach from floor to ceiling.

The early 20th century saw Americans decorating their trees mainly with homemade ornaments, while the German-American sect continued to use apples, nuts, and marzipan cookies. Popcorn joined in after being dyed bright colors and interlaced with berries and nuts. Electricity brought about Christmas lights, making it possible for Christmas trees to glow for days on end. With this, Christmas trees began to appear in town squares across the country and having a Christmas tree in the home became an American tradition.

Post about Companys on the Company board, post job ads on the Job Seeker board
Stuff for sale on the Equipment Board nm


Merry Christmas to you too! Great post!

Interesting thread on Word Board.
your post was one of the more interesting
posts i've read in a long time, and amusing, sorry I didn't comment.  As for dinner, tuna casserole and oreo cookie pie oh and my puppy says hello.
Interesting info on Offshore Concerns board
OSI offshores and that is why they can't keep quality MTs

In Reply to: Today, I landed a client that was using and Indian service. They said the service - Kansas MTSO sm

The MTs they do keep are basically no more accurate than the Indians. The QA department is a joke because they hire people fresh out of MT school. It is a sad company and is destined to fail if they don't start thinking more about quality than keeping the brownnosers happy. This could be true for other companies that offshore as well.

Yes, and the recipe board full of stuff copied off the internet.

Don't forget great stuff for sale on the Classifieds board!
I find your post interesting. I am one of those that will not do this. sm
1. I teach at a local college. I teach MT classes, A&P and medical terminology. Guess what, they do not require it. Again they use my experience in lieu of it.
2. I know what position I currently hold. Again, does not need it and experience again is used in lieu of it.
3. I have 20 years of experience. Do I care if I have CMT behind my name? Really I don't. It will not make a difference.
4. I have worked in MT, QA, Management, etc. Again, did not need it do any of the above.

AAMT or AHDI as it is now callded.. they are there to sell a book to make money. They are selling a "title" to make money. However, this title makes little to no difference in the real world.

I have worked for companies that did pay their CMTs 0.5 cpl to 1 cpl line higher than people without it. Learn to negotiate is all I can say.

Your CMT certification does not keep jobs from going overseas and does not qualify you to have the knowledge to be an Editor of that type of work.

Anyone with 2 years' experience can take the test. Big deal. All companies test and I say at least half are bull. I have failed 1 test in 20 years, and then they hired me anyway because they felt there was something wrong (Thank you MTtest.com).

I have 20 years' experience. I am very good at what I do (and yes I will say this). I can also get the rate I want or tell them No Thank You.

I have worked with MTs from no experience to OMG experience. I have seen failure in both areas. The CMT would not have changed anything for either one.

A test is a test is a test. You might have a good day and pass it, or I guess you might not.

I just do not feel the need for someone to tell me that I know what I am doing.

Everyone have a great Wednesday!

And its gonna kill you to post on the Company board rather than the main board?
This post should be made on the Company board. See that board. Thread locked.
This post should be made on the Company board. See that board. Thread locked.
This post should be made on the Ask the Dr. board. OP please repost on that board. Thread locked.
Post belongs on Ask the Dr. board. OP, respost on that board. Thread locked.
cherrypicking co-worker issue (meant to post it on this board instead of MQ board) sm...

I need opinions please...I work on a very small account with just a handful of ladies.  Because of the nature of the software (trying not to get too specific here) we can see who is working online and what reports they are working on in real-time...

We have one cherrypicker on the account.  Instead of using FIFO method, she retrieves the reports by author ID - usually picking the better dictators of course.  She knows I busted her and she did admit to it in on our work e-mail (not too bright) which I am saving just in case she gets out of hand - so far I'm still able to make money since really most of the dictators aren't bad. 

But every night it's starting to wear on me since she's screwing up turnaround time.  I don't really want to cause a big uproar being that it is such a small account and I need to work with her almost every night usually one on one.

What would you all do?  I want to handle this as delicate and professional as possible because we can't really afford to lose anyone on this account.  In other words, I refuse to stoop to her level by cherrypicking right back.

My boss has asked me several times why so-and-so does so much more than I do...I just bite my lip at that point but one of these days I think I might explode and just open up a can of worms....

Go ahead and post stuff about your cars
but I doubt many people are interested in it, who knows, but I am sure that many many people want to talk about their animal companions, so if it does not interest you, SKIP it. That is why this is called the main board, many other boards on the left for you to get information on MTing, other than just the main board.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thank you for allowing me to post my beliefs without being ridicule
Moved from Sticky Post. Christmas IS celebrated on this site

Moved from Sticky post...

Christmas IS celebrated on this website. If you do not celebrate Christmas, that is your prerogative.  However, if posts celebrating Christmas offends you, you might consider another site as we celebrate Christmas on this website and will do so every single year.  As the owner of this website, I am proud to say MERRY CHRISTMAS in celebration of Christ's birth.  I will not fall in line with others who are being politically correct and I do not expect others who celebrate Christmas to be forced to conform either.  Since over 95% of Americans celebrate Christmas, I do not see what the big deal is anyway.  For those who do not celebrate Christmas, I offer respect for whatever you do celebrate though I may not agree with your belief system.  In turn, I also would hope that you would respect what I celebrate.

Merry Christmas,

Sheri Steadman

Post belongs on Ask the Dr. board. See that board. Thread locked.
Can you post a link or a website so we can see this too? Interesting! nm
That is an interesting site. Thanks for taking time to post it--nm
Merry Christmas! There is a story named Cat and Mouse Christmas...search Google and you'll find
All word questions need to be posted on the Word board. Please use the correct board to post.
All word questions need to be posted on the Word board. Please use the correct board to post.


A Christmas Story is my fave Christmas movie...forgot that one!

Post word questions on the Word board NOT the Main board.
Skip Christmas Day and do drinks/snacks Christmas
Eve and spend a peaceful Christmas doing whatever it is you want to do.  If you're all of 47 years old you're evidently a slow learner  : )
why would you post this on the board????..nm
The things you post on this board clearly
say that you are a lonely man! Get a woman and then get a life!
Post on the word board. nm
Please post on Recipe Board
We love new ideas, what's for dinner, favorites of families, etc!!  Hope to see you there!
post on word board
post on word board
TO ALL - Please see post on Company board
that was posted by the Administrator regarding mudslinging.  Don't just read it. Live it!
See post on Word board. NM
Sorry, will re-post this on MedQ board.
I'd like one, too! I answered your post on the other board.
I'm sure they'll need an experienced technician to work at home, though. Just like any other job, they don't hire newbies without experience to work at home right away. It's better to learn in-house from experienced people than to try to go it alone. You can't troubleshoot over the phone and fix someone's computer if you've never actually done it in real life. College merely lays the foundation, it doesn't make you an expert in the field.

I've been trying to find an at-home tech job for over 10 years now. It's not easy. Too much competition out there with all the youngsters and Y2K layoffs. Totally saturated market with much lower wages than 10 years ago. People generally don't quit at-home tech jobs because they're hard to come by.
Productivity board post
Please view post on productivity board re: SH back up from technologically challenged.
post this on the company board here....nm
(nm) I tried to post on the politics board, but was not able.......sorry
Is there a TV board or are you allowed to post
Help please, word board won't let me post...sm
a question and webmaster emails are not going through, so...   has anyone heard of  s/l "obtrex, optrex" TVT?  "Patient is post obtrex TVT." 
Post a resume board?
Wasn't there a "post a resume" board? I am not seeing it.  Quit my other job for full time and it is not even half time.  Going broke here.
Your post will probably get moved to the Gab Board. We
I see your post was moved from the other board...sm

Hey Blondee,


What language did you're folks speak before they came here to the great melting pot?....Did they come through Ellis Island, Angel Island, on the Mayflower or in the bottom of a ship in shackles...We're all immigrants....unless, of course, you're a Native American or Inuit.


I speak a few languages and had gotten called outta my office at any given time to translate in the ER or OR. If it helped to save someone's life and/or calm a family's nerves, that was cool with me.


It would be nice if everyone just spoke the king's English. 




Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN


Are we "SLOW LEARNERS" or what?


Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN


"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."


Theodore Roosevelt 1907

There was a post on job board this morning
Post on prayer board ???

Is that for real? Is it someone here or was that a fwd that was posted? A few things jumped out at me as being inconsistent with the situation presented.


You should probably post this on the Company Board
Thank you for an excellent post. I wish we had our own board. nm
Read your post on the other board....
It discussed not having health insurance any more, not being an employee, having 2 IC jobs, etc. You speak of this as the CURRENT/FUTURE situation, not in the past. I know the subject of Keystrokes not hiring ICs has been addressed many times on this board.

I don't mean to make you defensive, but you posted pretty much 2 separate messages about a single job and they give conflicting information. I'm just confused.
But there is a link on that board to post a resume and you
can post it there.  Job seekers board is only for companies to post about positions.