Saturday, December 9, 2006

December 9

Interesting facts about Christmas

The first instrument Silent Night was played on was a guitar.

When electrical Christmas lights were first used, they were so expensive, that they were usually rented rather than sold.  An electrically lighted tree was a status symbol in the early 1900s.

Electrically lit trees did not become commonplace in the US until after WWII.  The Christmas lights on these trees burned so bright that they were almost as dangerous as the candles they were advertised to replace!    

The first Christmas pudding was more of a soup, and had raisins and wine in it.

The definition of a White Christmas in England is when one snowflake falls on the roof of the London Weather Center on Christmas. 

There is a Christmas, Arizona and a Christmas, Florida.  In both Arizona and Indiana, there is a town called Santa Claus.  And if you are feeling Christmasy, you may want to visit Noel, Missouri, USA.

In medieval times, 'Hot cockles' was a popular Christmas game until the Victorian era. In this game, other players gave a blow to the blindfolded player, who had to guess the name of the person who gave the blow.

In the 19th Century, the British post office used to deliver Christmas cards on Christmas morning!

Any letters addressed to the North Pole have to go there, because there really is such a place!  

~~Facts collected from around the Internet.~~

For more Christmas facts, check out these this website:

Interesting U.K. Facts About Christmas From Woodlands Junior School in Tonbridge

game:  Wonka Holiday Treats Game

Gospel reading:  Matthew 9:35-10:1, Matthew 5-8 




  1. Hummm, those were interesting. Hope your and John's day goes well today. Hugs, Helen

  2. We used to have a tree with candles on when I was young! Imagine what the fire department would say about that now! Jeannette xx

  3. I did not know that electric Christmas lights did not become commonplace until after WW2.    That would have been 1946 and I was born in 52.    I remember things starting in 57 when we moved to Joliet IL.    We had bubble candles on the tree that were the favorites and were bought sometime before I remember anything.     They were different color liquids and the heat would cause bubbles to rise and somehow the light inside lighted the liquid.    They were narrow and about 5 inches tall and we would just sit and watch them bubbling.     Wishing you and John a good Saturday and Sunday and upcoming week!    mark

  4. (((((((((((((((((KRISSY))))))))))))))))))That is some great info,I love reading about the history of Christmas.Thanks for sharing.

  5. I wonder where the letters go when addressed to the North Pole!  Is there a person who collects them, or are they dumped in the trash.  I often wonder if someone up there goes by the last name "Claus"..  I love reading your interesting facts!  Julie :)  

  6. So glad that your husband is okay.  Thanks for the Christmas facts, very interesting.  I also love the daily games.  I really am about five years old inside!--Sheria

  7. I love your journal and enjoy reading about the facts...of Christmas and St. Nick, etc.  Fun to read.  Janice