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December 16, 2009 - Kim Collette
As I was trying to think of another festive idea for a blog, I came across a lot of fun Christmas "tidbits." So...I have decided to "fill your stockings" with some interesting and off the wall facts about my favorite holiday!
After "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens wrote several other Christmas stories, one each year, but none was as successful as the original.
Charles Dickens' first choice for Scrooge's statement "Bah Hambug" was "Bah Christmas."
Before settling on the name Tiny Tim for his character in "A Christmas Carol," 3 other names were considered by Charles Dickens. They were Little Larry, Puny Pete and Small Sam.
An average household in America will mail out 28 Christmas cards each year and see 28 cards return in their place.
Although many believe the Friday after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year, it is not. It is the 5th to 10th busiest day. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the 2 busiest shopping days of the year.
Candy Canes began as straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorate the Christmas trees. A choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral decided to have the ends bent to depict a shepherd's crook and he would pass them out to the children to keep them quiet during the services. It wasn't until the 20th century that candy canes acquired their red stripes.
Franklin Pierce was the first United States' president to decorate an official White House Christmas tree.
Mistletoe was once revered by the early Britons. It was so sacred that it had to be cut with a golden sickle.
The movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)" features more than 52,000 Christmas lights, about 8,200 ornaments and nearly 2,000 candy canes.
Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in 1895. The idea for using electric Christmas lights came from an American, Ralph E. Morris. The new lights proved safer than the traditional candles.
Animal Crackers are not really crackers, but cookies that were imported to the United States from England in the late 1800's. Barnum's circus-like boxes were designed with a string handle so that they could be hung on a Christmas tree.
It is estimated that 400,000 people become sick each year from eating tainted Christmas leftovers.
Gift givers in various countries:
England: Father Christmas
France: Pere Noel (Father Christmas)
Holland: St. Nicholas
Italy: La Befana (a kindly old witch)
Spain and South America: The Three Kings
Russia: in some parts Babouschka (a grandmotherly figure) and in other parts it is Grandfather Frost
Hope you enjoyed these Christmas tidbits. You can find more tidbits and fun at corsinet.com.
Until next time friends!
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