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By Carole Copeland Thomas
May Joy and Happiness be with you throughout the holiday season. YES, COVID is real, and its impact ripples throughout the world. 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 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.
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Six international holidays converge onto the scene every December (and early January) to make our schedules hectic, exciting and pressure-filled. Wrapping gifts while shopping at odd hours of the night either push us into the spirit of happiness OR help us find an escape path until all of the celebrations are over.
Today we'll cover six holidays with religious and nonreligious implications and learn some interesting facts and figures that will make you scratch your head in amazement. The marathon includes Chanukah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Years and Three Kings Day. Learn new stuff and pass it on as the merriment continues throughout the holiday season.
Links and Resources For The Six Holidays
Parenting Article Written For Kids
History of the Christmas Tree
Watch Night Service
Carole Copeland Thomas Blog Article
Three Kings Day
For Christians, Jesus is the reason for the Season. But for humanity, Christmas provides an opportunity for all of us to stop, count our blessings while we enjoy the holiday season with friends and family. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and ALL faiths can join in the spirit of Christmas with prayers of Peace on Earth, Good Will to ALL Men and Women!
One of the BEST movies that you can watch this Christmas is "It's A Wonderful Life," the 1946 classic starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. You will count your blessings after watching that film no matter what your circumstances, challenges or problems happen to be. I watched it for the umpteenth time last night and found new reasons to count my blessings.
From my home to yours I wish you the very best throughout the season. Celebrate, reflect and live another day knowing that YOU are making the difference in someone's life both now and in the future.
-Carole Copeland Thomas
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