By Carole Copeland Thomas
May Joy and Happiness be with you throughout the holiday season. YES, COVID is still here, and its impact ripples throughout the world. We're all concerned about Omicron and any other variant that comes after it. But just for this one day, let's celebrate Christmas with gusto and enthusiasm.
And to keep you up to date on the latest holiday trivia, here are some fun facts about Christmas and Hanukkah.
Merry Christmas to All!
Holiday Fun Facts
(Thank you, friends and colleagues, of the International Guide Academy, for sharing these facts during our 2020 Holiday Zoom party.)
1 When you add it up, the 12 Days of Christmas totals some 364 gifts! (On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....)
2 Oregon and North Carolina grow the most Christmas Trees in the United States.
3 EggNog originated in medieval England.
4 Coptic Christmas is on January 7th. This date works to the Julian calendar that pre-dates the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly observed. The countries include Belarus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, and Ukraine. Armenia celebrates Christmas on January 6th, Three Kings Day.
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5 The tallest Menorah in the world stands 36 feet and is located in Midtown New York in Manhattan's Grand Army Plaza.
6 The original St. Nickolas, now known as Santa Claus, was born in 270 AD in what is now known as modern-day Turkey.
7 Jingle Bells was a song written in 1850 by James Lord Pierpont. Its original intent was to commemorate the annual sleigh rides held in Medford, Massachusetts, around Thanksgiving!
8 Nobody knows when baby Jesus was born! It probably was in the Spring, yet December 25th became the official date, perhaps in political alignment with a popular pagan holiday!!
9 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert POPULARIZED the decorated Christmas tree when they were pictured with one published in The Illustrated London News in 1848. They didn't' invent it because Christmas trees were found in Germany years before Victoria and Albert married. Interestingly, Prince Albert, a cousin of Victoria, was from Germany. They had nine children, and the British Empire reached its height of power under their rule.
10 It can take as many as 15 years to properly grow a Christmas tree to 6-7 feet. However, the average is 7 years.
Merry Christmas! (December 25, 2021)
Happy Belated Hanukkah! (November 28-December 6, 2021)
Happy Boxing Day! (December 26, 2021 in the United Kingdom)
Boxing Day was originally created to give gifts to the poor in England. Now it's widely established as a shopping day in the UK Commonwealth Nations.)
Happy Kwanzaa! (December 26, 2021 to January 1, 2022)
Happy New Year! (January 1, 2022)
Happy Three Kings Day! (January 6, 2022)
1/14/2022 05:04:13 pm
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