Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Beachy Christmas


There is an island called Christmas located in the Indian Ocean.

In Denmark, people put hot porridge outside for the pixies on Christmas Eve.

Franklin Pierce was the first president to decorate the White House Christmas tree.

The first gingerbread house came from Germany, but the first gingerbread man was from the court of Elizabeth I (who liked visitors to present cute gingerbread likenesses of themselves).

Dicken' A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843, the year Christmas cards were first made.

It's a Wonderful Life has been played more than any other Christmas movie. (Though I believe, thanks to those all-day Christmas marathons, that A Christmas Story is not far behind.)

The Montgomery-Ward department store created Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Tom Smith invented the Christmas cracker.

"White Christmas" is the bestselling Christmas song ever, but digitally Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" takes the crown.

Rudolph was left out of Twas the Night Before Christmas because the poem was first published in 1823, while Rudolph first appeared in a booklet in 1939.

Pope Julius I decided that December 25 would be the date for Christmas.

Traditional Ukrainians hang spider web's on their Christmas trees for good luck.

Donner is Rudolph's father.

Tim Burton wrote The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Hocus Pocus was the name of of the rabbit in the magic hat in Frosty the Snowman.

The largest Santa sand-person was created on Orissa Beach (left).


Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.- Peg Bracken

If Christmas isn't found in your heart, you won't find it under a tree.
- Charlotte Carpenter

Christmas, in its final essence, is for grown people who have forgotten what children know. Christmas is for whoever is old enough to have denied the unquenchable spirit of man.- Margaret Cousins

Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'.- Bing Crosby

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.- Charles Dickens

And my favorite....
Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.- Lenore Hershey


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