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