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 



December 9

There may not be an entry for Saturday.  I am not sure.  It depends on what time I get back if I can do it or not.  I am taking my husband John to the local hospital.  It appears he may have had a reaction to a blood transfusion he had today (Friday).  Just a mild one but we don't want to take any chances.  So we are off to the hospital. Take care you all.  Krissy  

Note:  It is now three hours later and we are back home!  It turns out the allergic reaction John had was not from the blood transfusion he had but from something else.  So the doctor gave him benadryl and sent him home. 

I didn't want anyone who read this entry alarmed, and since we didn't have to stay at the hospital, I wanted to erase this entry.  But I can't.  When I attempted to do it, the entire journal lit up to be erased!  Eegads!  I almost erased this whole Christmas journal!  But I realized it before it happened!  So I can't erase a single entry by itself, so I guess this one will stay in here, LOL.  And now I will go do the real December 9 Christmas entry, because I am already awake and can't sleep!  

Love and God bless you all,  Krissy :)