In keeping with my pledge to go short ‘n easy until after Christmas Day, how ’bout 15 fun facts about good ‘ole 12/25?
Yep, I said it in Tuesday’s post. We’re going to keep things short ‘n easy here on chipur until we’re past Christmas. And believe me, keeping things “short ‘n easy” doesn’t come – well – easy for me.
Thing is, Christmas is such an emotionally rich time. And for those enduring depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, the goings-on can be downright toxic.
So, then – why would I want to escort you through the depths of pathology just now? I’m thinking you may be doing a good enough job on your own.
I think you find today’s bit of short ‘n easy kind of fun…
15 Christmas Fun Facts
- It’s been calculated that Santa Claus would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve. Oh, and he’d have to be traveling at 650 miles a second. (Keep this from the little ones.)
- Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.
- For those who think “Xmas” is religiously insensitive – the “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, translated as “Christ”.
- Biggest snowman ever built? Maine (US) in 1999: 113 feet tall.
- Christmas trees became popular in the UK when in 1841 Prince Albert erected a tree in Windsor Castle following a German tradition. Fir trees have been decorated at Christmas time in Germany since the 8th century.
- Who doesn’t know it’s fun to swap kisses beneath the mistletoe? And that may be because in ancient Scandinavia mistletoe was associated with peace and friendship.
- The poinsettia is a traditional Christmas flower. In its birthplace, Mexico, it’s known as the “Flower of the Holy Night”.
- The twelve days of Christmas are the days between Christmas Day and Epiphany (January 6), and represent the length of time it took for the wise men from the East to visit the manger of Jesus after his birth.
- The first Christmas card was designed in 1843 by English painter and illustrator John Callcott Horsley.
- Louis Prang, a Bavarian-born lithographer who came to the US from Germany in the 19th century, popularized the sending of printed Christmas cards. He invented a way of reproducing color oil paintings , the “chromolithograph technique,” and created a card.
- English military and political leader Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas between 1647 and 1660 because he believed such celebrations were immoral for the holiest day of the year.
- Robert L. May created Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for Montgomery Ward in 1939. Rudy was actually a promotional character. May first considered the names Rollo and Reginald.
- There are 13 Santas in Iceland, each leaving a gift for children. They come down from the mountain one by one, starting on December 12, and have names like Spoon Licker, Door Sniffer, and Meat Hook.
- Carols began as an old English custom called wassailing, toasting neighbors to a long life.
- The definition of a white Christmas in the UK is for a single snow flake (perhaps amongst a shower of mixed rain and snow) to be observed falling in the 24 hours of December 25th.
And that’s that. Fun list, don’t you think? I hope you enjoyed it.
Wanna’ know what I’m gonna’ do next? (Do you care?) I have Luciano Pavarotti’s rendition of “O Holy Night” cued up and ready for a listen (or two). That ought to be worth a bucketful of tears (short ‘n easy, Bill).
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