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caninemom3 07-22-2010 03:14 AM

Christmas History, Trivia And Fun Facts
I thought since we are getting nearer and nearer to CHRISTMAS !!!! It might be fun to come up with some history, trivia or whatever fun facts we can find about it !!

I will go first:

Santa's 9th reindeer was first named Rollo, then Reginald, then of course, Rudolph.

Let's SEE What Fun Facts, History Or Trivia Everyone Knows !!


kgstyles 07-22-2010 03:33 AM

Before settling on the name of Tiny Tim for his character in "A Christmas Carol," three other alliterative names were considered by Charles Dickens. They were Little Larry, Puny Pete, and Small Sam.

George Broderick, Jr. 07-22-2010 07:54 AM

In the Rankin/Bass Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer TV Special, it's never stated why the little girl dolly is a misfit toy... but, in later years, the producers all agreed it was because she had "emotional problems"... which is why she's crying all the time...

caninemom3 07-22-2010 05:03 PM

The song Jingle Bells was written in 1857 for a Sunday School in Boston for Thanksgiving. But, it just became so popular that it went on to be big at singing at Christmas time.

caninemom3 07-23-2010 11:14 PM

Why do we use holly? Holly is evergreen and has been revered as sacred for ages. The thorns also symbolize Christ's crown of thorns. The Romans and other ancients thought it could ward off evil spirits.

kgstyles 07-24-2010 02:04 AM

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

caninemom3 07-24-2010 11:41 AM

In the 1600's when Christmas trees began, people used baked items to decorate them. The sugary sticks called candy canes were popular. They were only white and just straight sticks. In Germany, a choir master at the Cologne Cathedral put the hook on the end to look like a shepherd's hook. Supposedly he passed them out the the children during the long services to keep them quiet. Later on, stripes were added. Nobody knows for sure when, but sometime around the turn of the century candy canes with green and red stripes began to appear.

kgstyles 07-24-2010 08:23 PM

In 1818, an Austrian priest Joseph Mohr, was told the day before Christmas, that the church organ was broken and would not be prepared in time for Christmas Eve. He was saddened by this and could not think of Christmas without music. He wanted to write a carol that could be sung by a choir to guitar music. He sat down and wrote three stanzas. Later that night, the people in the little Austrian Church sang "Stille Nacht" (Silent Night) for the first time, with a guitar playing the music.

caninemom3 07-25-2010 07:23 PM

Why do we show Poinsettia plants?
Poinsettias were 'discovered' by Joel Poinsett in Mexico. He was the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico back in the middle 1800's. Mexicans had used them to decorate on Christmas Eve. The red or colored foilage, is not a blossom. Only colored leaves. They are star-shaped and apparently were considered as Flores de Noche Buena (flowers for the holy night). The Paul Ecke Ranch in California produces most of the ones used in the United States. They are not poisonous, but can be irritating to the skin. National Poinsettia Day is December 12th, declared by congress. This was the day of their 'discovery.'

Jeff Westover 07-25-2010 09:22 PM

Mistletoe is actually a fungus.

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