Friday, December 19, 2014

just for fun - Christmas Trivia - Did You Know . . .

With Christmas only a week away, I thought it would be fun to share a bit of Christmas trivia with you! Did you know . . . 
  • The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.
  • All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.
  • The “true love” mentioned in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does not refer to a romantic couple, but the Catholic Church’s code for God. The person who receives the gifts represents someone who has accepted the code. For example, the “partridge in a pear tree” represents Christ. The “two turtledoves” represent the Old and New Testaments.
  • According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir which was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.
  • The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.
  • Each year there are approximately 20,000 “rent-a-Santas” across the United States. “Rent-a-Santas” usually undergo seasonal training on how to maintain a jolly attitude under pressure from the public. They also receive practical advice, such as not accepting money from parents while children are looking and avoiding garlic, onions, or beans for lunch.
  • The poinsettia is native to Mexico and was cultivated by the Aztecs, who called the plant Cuetlaxochitl (“flower which wilts”). For the Aztecs, the plant’s brilliant red color symbolized purity, and they often used it medicinally to reduce fever. Contrary to popular belief, the poinsettia is not poisonous, but holly berries are.
  • Santa Claus is based on a real person, St. Nikolas of Myra (also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker, Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna, and Nikolaos of Bari), who lived during the fourth century. Born in Patara (in modern-day Turkey), he is the world’s most popular non-Biblical saint, and artists have portrayed him more often than any other saint except Mary. He is the patron saint of banking, pawnbroking, pirating, butchery, sailing, thievery, orphans, royalty, and New York City.
  • Christmas is a contraction of “Christ’s Mass,” which is derived from the Old English Cristes mæsse (first recorded in 1038). The letter “X” in Greek is the first letter of Christ, and “Xmas” has been used as an abbreviation for Christmas since the mid 1500s.
Did you know any of these? I found the third one about the meaning of "true love" in the song the Twelve Days of Christmas the most interesting. Which one do you find to be the most interesting?

Merry Christmas!

2 comments:

  1. This is so interesting, thanks for posting! I kind of like what the colors represent. Well all of it really :) merry Christmas!

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  2. Haha Avoiding beans for lunch! I love that one!

    You know, I never knew that all the items in the 12 Days of Christmas added up to 365. That's the one I found most interesting.

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