Well, here we have our last set of Christmas Fun Facts before Santa boards his sleigh to bring presents and cheer tomorrow night!
1. The feast of St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6th.
2. Candles were placed on trees before electric lights were invented. Um, I'd be afraid of the fire hazard!
3. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer almost had a different name! In fact, Rollo and Reginald topped the list before Robert L. May decided on Rudolph. Hmm. Rollo/Reginald the Red-Nosed Reindeer just doesn't have the same ring to it.
4. What we know as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas has a very different title. The original poem is titled An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas or, simply, A Visit from St. Nicholas.
5. When the screenplay for Elf first emerged in 1993, Jim Carrey was cast in the lead!
6. On December 24th, 1926, the first ever singing jingle premiered on the radio. What was the commercial for? Wheaties!
7. Thomas Edison's business assistant, Edward Johnson, is credited with inventing the first string of Christmas tree lights in 1882.
8. It is tradition in Sweden for the oldest daughter to dress in white, wear a crown of lighted candles, and awaken her parents by singing Santa Lucia.
9. Christmas tree angels were introduced in the 1850s.
10. In Italy, children place shoes by the door before Epiphany and the next morning they awaken to find presents!
11. In Greek culture, kissing under the mistletoe was interpreted as a promise to marry your mate.
12. What sports-loving blogger will likely have to resort to one of the following to keep from swearing when her Cowboys battle the Eagles on Christmas Eve and Mavericks face-off against the Heat on Christmas Day: a.) shoving her mouth with cookies, b.) placing a strip of tape over her mouth, c.) sticking a bow on mouth, or d.) all of the above? Yep, that would be me, The Frisky Virgin. Should be interesting.
Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah and...
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!