Thursday, December 24, 2009

More Xmas Tags & Christmas Trivia



Christmas Holiday Trivia

The word Christmas is Old English, a contraction of Christ's Mass.

The first president to decorate the white house Christmas tree in the United States was Franklin Pierce.

Germany made the first artificial Christmas trees. They were made of goose feathers and dyed green.

Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.

The first Christmas cards were vintage and invented in 1843, the Victorian Era.

"It's a Wonderful Life" appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie.

Rudolph" was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930's for a holiday promotion. The rest is history.

The Nutcracker" is the most famous Christmas ballet.

Jingle Bells" was first written for Thanksgiving and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs.

If you received all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," you would receive 364 gifts.

The poinsettia plant was brought into the United States from Mexico by Joel Poinsett in the early 1800's.

Holly berries are poisonous.

Contrary to common belief, poinsettia plants are non-toxic.

Mistletoe was chosen as Oklahoma's state flower in 1893 and later changed to the state floral emblem.

In 1843, "A Christmas Carol" was written by Charles Dickens in just six weeks.

The first state to recognize the Christmas holiday officially was Alabama.

Christmas became a national holiday in America on June, 26, 1870.

An angel told Mary she was going to have a baby.

Clearing up a common misconception, in Greek, X means Christ. That is where the word "X-Mas" comes from. Not because someone took the "Christ" out of Christmas.

Traditionally, Christmas trees are taken down after Epiphany.

More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year.

In Mexico, wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve is said to bring new love in the upcoming year.

Christmas Eve Traditions

1. Create a Holiday Environment: Christmas music, lights, candles.
2. Worship: Midnight Mass
3. Prepare Christmas Eve Dinner
4. Deliver Christmas Presents
5. Donate Time to Charities - Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen or Homeless Shelter
6. Holiday Travel
7. Read "The Night Before Christmas" to the children and serve hot chocolate.
8. Visit people in a nursing home or at a children's hospital.
9. Perform little acts of kindness.
10. Start your own traditions.


Jimmy's Journal said...

Merry Christmas Win


Fireblossom said...

Mmm, and there are more jewelry store commercials than at any other time of year, too! But I like them, they are so romantic. Hey...a kiss may be grand but it won't pay the rental on your humble flat, or help you feed your cat. Diamonds area girl's best friend! ;-)

I was touched when I read the quote on your sidebar from Marilyn Monroe. It's so true. No one told me I was pretty until I was grown.

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.