Recently, I shared a blog of Christmas tidbits. Since I learned from it and I enjoyed putting it together, here’s the sequel.
During the Christmas/Hanukkah season, more than 1.76 billion candy canes will be made.
I wonder how many of those billions end up as garnishes in festive holiday drinks?
The poinsettia, traditionally an American Christmas flower, originally grew in Mexico; where it was known as the “Flower of the Holy Night”.
It was first brought to America by Joel Poinsett in 1829.
My poinsettias are starting to turn red and they are so huge.
The Christmas turkey first appeared on English tables in the 16th century. However, in rich households, it didn’t immediately replace the traditional goose, beef or boar’s head.
“Silent Night” was written in 1818, by Austrian priest Joseph Mohr.
On Christmas Eve, he was told that the church organ was broken and it would not be repaired for service that evening.
Saddened, he wanted to write a carol that could be sung by choir to guitar music and he sat down and wrote three stanzas. Later that night, “Stille Nacht” was performed for the first time in that little Austrian church.
Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, was born in a cave, not in a wooden stable.
Back then, animals were kept in caves because they were much warmer and the carpenters of Jesus’ day were really stone cutters.
Thus, wood was not widely used. So, whenever you see a Christmas nativity scene with a wooden stable, that’s the “American” version, not the Biblical one.
And, this is the late, great Miss ABBA wanting to be a part of the “Americanized” Christmas nativity scene.
Again, I hope that Bible story and information is correct since I didn’t verify it. The big man upstairs didn’t get back with me on that one.
And, finally, the Christmas classic, “Jingle Bells”, was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont. It was originally called “One-Horse Open Sleigh.”
Check out this German grocery store’s holiday rendition of the popular carol.
That’s it for today. Have a very Merry, Happy holiday season.