Tis the season and it wouldn’t be complete without learning some rather unique bits of info. Before I enlighten you, I’d like to wish you the best coming days ever! Rest, love, laugh and be extra merry as we close out 2015. We all get a chance to start another year over soon so let’s end this one with a bang! 🙂
Now, to be educated:
- A lot of zoos will feed donated Christmas trees to their animals!
- There’s a village in Peru where they settle their differences during this holy season in a most unusual way…fist fights! Old and young participate and it’s a free for all.
- All letters in the United States addressed to Santa Claus go to Santa Claus, Indiana.
- It used to be on Christmas Eve, in the last century, folks would stay up and tell ghost stories.
- Rock and Roll is here to stay! Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is the only record to get to the UK Christmas Singles Chart…twice! 1975 and 1991 were very good years for the group. (I didn’t even know it was a Christmas song!!!)
- The U.S. playing card company named Bicycle made very special cards during WW2. When the cards were soak in water, it would reveal escape routes for POWs. These cards were given to POWs all over Germany and the Nazis were never the wiser!!!
- Dennys Restaurants ran into a problem. Since many of them were open 24hrs. a day, they had no locks on their front doors. It became a real safety issue the first time they decided to close on Christmas Day!
- The year, 2010. The Colombian government put lights throughout the trees where the rebels were known to be during the Christmas season. As the rebels would walk by, the lights would come on urging them to put down their weapons and re-enter society. 331 rebels soldiers did just that. The government won an award for strategic marketing excellence!
- An artificial tree has to be used for more than 20 years for it to be “greener” than cutting down a real tree.
- The abbreviation for Christmas is Xmas. Why? The Greek letter X means Chi which is the abbreviation for Christ in Greek!
- Who says marketing doesn’t work?!? In Japan, many many people eat KFC for Christmas dinner thanks to a brilliant marketing campaign 40 years ago. It’s so popular, folks have to place their orders 2 months in advance!!!
- Norwegian scientist has concluded that Rudolph’s red nose is due to a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.
- In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.
- Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas in 1836.
- Early illustrations of St. Nicholas depict him as stern, commanding, and holding a birch rod. He was more a symbol of discipline and punishment than the jolly, overweight elf children know today.