Christmas Time Is Here Again (fun facts and poetry)

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Christmas Time is Here Again

by John Hansen © 2014


Christmas comes around so soon,

Each year moves by so fast.

It seems the tinsel just came down

From the Christmas that just passed.


There's barely any time to shop

Before it's here again,

To buy presents for all the family

Whether there be two or ten.


Where will Christmas Day be held?

Which household wants it most?

Dinner was at yours last year,

It's our turn to play host.


Make sure the greeting cards are sent

To all those on the list,

And don't forget our Great Aunt Joan,

Last Christmas she was missed.


We need to find the perfect tree,

And mistletoe the halls,

Hang bells of holly from the eves,

And tinsel covered walls.


Midnight Mass

Christmas celebrations have traditionally begun on the night before the holiday, due in part to the Christian liturgical day beginning at sunset. This was inherited from Jewish tradition and based on the Creation story in the 'Book of Genesis': "And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day." Many churches still ring their bells and hold prayers in the evening before the holidays. Since tradition holds that Jesus was born at night ( Luke 2:6-8), Midnight Mass is celebrated on Christmas Eve to celebrate his birth. The idea of Jesus being born at night is reflected in the fact that Christmas Eve is referred to as Heilige Nacht (Holy Night) in German, Nochebuena (the Good Night) in Spanish as well as in other expressions of Christmas spirituality, such as the song 'Silent Night.'

(ref: wikipedia)

We've got the turkey and the ham,

The bonbons and the sweets,

The presents are beneath the tree,

Except for Santa's treats.


Suddenly it's Christmas Eve,

And everything's in place.

The Christmas lights are working fine

And can be seen from space.


Make sure the 'Santa sign' is out

So he knows where to come.

Leave out some fairy cakes for him,

And a little glass of rum.


Now let's attend the Midnight Mass

To celebrate and pray

The birth of saviour Jesus Christ,

The true reason for this day.

Midnight Mass: painting by D'Arcy Doyle
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Interesting Xmas Trivia

  • The first department store to feature a visit with Santa was the J. W. Parkinson’s store in Philadelphia in 1841. Astonishingly, no other department stores copied this event until 1890 when a store in Boston repeated it. (You would think a store that innovative would still be around today.)
  • The holly in a wreath symbolises Christ's crown of thorns while the red berries are drops of his blood.
  • In 1647, the English parliament passed a law made Christmas illegal. Oliver Cromwell considered feasting and revelry on what was supposed to be a holy day to be immoral, so Christmas festivities were banned. The ban wasn't lifted until Cromwell lost power in 1660.
  • Despite the popular tale of three wise men paying homage to baby Jesus, the Bible never gives a number. Matthew's Gospel refers to merely "wise men".
  • “Silent Night”-arguably the most recognizable Christmas hymn-was written in 1818, by an Austrian pastor, Joseph Mohr. That year, as Christmas Eve approached, the organ in his church was broken, so together with his friend, Franz Gruber, he wrote this new tune for the service that night, and played it on his guitar for his congregation.
  • The Beatles are the only act to have four Christmas number ones, three consecutively starting from 1963. On two occasions, 1963 and 1967, they had both the Christmas number one and the number two, the only act to have achieved this
  • Hanging stockings out on Christmas night comes from the Dutch custom of leaving shoes packed with food for St Nicholas's donkeys. He would leave small gifts in return.
  • Christmas is celebrated on December 25th because in the fourth century, Pope Julius I announced that Christ’s official birthday would be on December 25th. Prior to his ruling there had been a great deal of confusion. No-one was certain about the year, let alone the month or the day. Many theologians estimate that Jesus was born sometime in September between 6BC and 30AD
  • The abbreviation 'Xmas' isn't irreligious. The letter X is the Greek abbreviation for Christ.
  • Where did the Candy Cane come from? In a small Indiana town, there was a candymaker who wanted to spread the name of Jesus around the world. He invented the Christmas Candy Cane, incorporating symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ. He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy to symbolize the Virgin Birth. The candymaker formed the stick into a “J” to represent the name of Jesus. It can also represent the staff of the “Good Shepherd.” He thought the candy was too plain so he stained it with a red stripe to symbolize the blood shed by Christ on the cross.
  • Before turkey became more popular, the traditional Christmas meal in England was a pig's head and mustard.
  • 'Jingle Bells' was the first song broadcast from space when Gemini 6 astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra sang it on December 16, 1965.
  • In Italy, Greece, Spain and Germany, workers get a Christmas bonus of one month's salary by law.

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Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton

as expected Jodah great poetry but the triva was fun to read that little added bonus made for a nice gift bless you my friend :)


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for being my first reader Frank. Gad you enjoyed the poem and the trivia.


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old albion 22 months ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Jodah. A real treat today. Early xmas smiles. Well done.

Graham.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Graham, much appreciated. Glad it brought a smile.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean

Beautiful poem! Wish there were new words to describe every poem you write. Interesting trivia also.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you MsDora, yes and I wish I could think of new things to say in reply to people's kind comments as well.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida

Oh, yes, it's that time of the year again! Reading your Hub helped to put me in the "mood". I'm barely over Thanksgiving, but now must turn my attention to Christmas.

I enjoyed this Hub; loved that video you included, too.

Voted UP, etc. and shared here and on FB


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad this helped get you into the mood for Xmas after Thanksgiving Mary. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in this country so we may look forward to Christmas a little more. Thanks for the vote up and share etc.


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Ericdierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Merry Christmas John. A truly great "combo" hub. Made me a bit nervous though with all the things to be done;-)


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suzettenaples 22 months ago from Taos, NM

What a wonderful article on Christmas. I so enjoyed reading your poem. I always attend Midnight mass for Christmas and have done so since a child. That is one of our Christmas traditions in my family. I love your Christmas trivia. Very interesting and informative. Merry Christmas to you!


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lisavanvorst 22 months ago from New Jersey

A very good Christmas poem and story. It does come by so fast and go by even faster. I like the picture of Santa passed out. Great hub!


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Eric, busy busy busy, at least Christmas Day is at my son's house this year so we don't have to arrange that.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Suzette, glad you enjoyed this hub. We don't go to Midnight Mass every year, but we do when we can. Thanks for reading. Merry Christmas.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed this hub Lisa. Yes, that pic of Santa is actually a video of Xmas foul-ups.


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billybuc 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

Oddly, John, I didn't know that about the holy wreaths. Great trivia....and loved the poem. In no way am I ready for Christmas, but thankfully I work well under pressure. :)


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida

Christmas seems to suddenly be upon us earlier and earlier each year. Where does the time go?

I loved the trivia, John. I especially like the origin of Silent Night. That's one of my favorite Christmas songs. The X in Christmas surprised me. I always thought it was sacrilegious to spell Christmas that way. Now I know!


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Bill, I found a ton of trivia on Christmas i wasn't aware of. Glad you liked the poem too. We are just beginning to think about Christmas. I'm sure Bev will get it sorted


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Shaun's, glad you found the trivia educational. There was so much I had to leave out. Plenty to fill a hub.


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whonunuwho 22 months ago from United States

Well done and I liked the last stanza the best my friend. whonu


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CrisSp 22 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Christmas for me is nostalgia yet it is my most favorite season of all. I love nochebuena and used to attend midnight mass religiously with my Grandma when I was growing up. Now, she's in heaven celebrating Christmas with all the angels and I miss her everyday.

What a timely beautiful hub! Up and sharing.

P.S. We just had our fresh Christmas tree set and lit up last night and it smells so good.


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JayeWisdom 22 months ago from Deep South, USA

I enjoyed the poem and the trivia, John. Americans who read the last item of trivia may, of course, feel envious. Christmas bonuses in these difficult economic times are rare for rank-and-file workers in the U.S.

Voted Up++

Jaye


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Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

I enjoyed your poem and so full of truth as to time flying by so fast each year, and Christmas is upon us once again! Each year seems to be speeding up to me, and I believe time is truly speeding up. When it is all said and done, I hope all remember the One whose birth we are celebrating.

I was delighted to read of all the Christmas trivia, so interesting.

My precious mother went to celebrate Christmas in Heaven with our sweet Lord in 2012. She had the best Christmas ever no doubt!

Enjoyed your choice of videos too.

Up +++++ tweeting, pinning and sharing

Blessings and peace


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always exploring 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

Great Christmas poetry! It's just around the corner and as usual, I'm not ready. I enjoyed the trivia. Pig's head..yuck. lol Merry Christmas...


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Whonu, last but not least.


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

Thanks for all the trivia. Good things to know. I also found out that Christmas in Medieval Times (King Arthur and Camelot Era) was celebrated much like Mardi Gras, with parades and such. I liked all your pictures and your oeme too. Great job!


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Cris, yes Christmas is a very nostalgic time of year and memories flood back. I am sure your grandma is looking down at you from Heaven and hoping you have a wonderful Christmas like my parents are. I hope your beautiful tree is still going strong by Dec 25. Thanks for your lovely comment.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Jaye, most Aussie workers would be envious too. My son used to work at a meat works and they received a ham as an xmas bonus, and I thought that was generous, but a months pay..wow! Thanks for reading.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Faith, I too keep telling people I think time is really speeding up, it isn't just our imagination as we get older. I'm sure your dear mom is smiling down on you at this time of year and remembering her final Christmas with fondness. Glad you liked the poem and videos. Thank you for the vote up, share and pin. Blessings and peace back to you.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Ruby, very close again. I don't think I could stomach pig's head either though I have heard the cheeks are tender and delicious. Lucky they had it with mustard..


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Lady Guinevere, yes I think Christmas celebrations were certainly a major event back in medieval times. So glad you liked the trivia, pictures and poem. Appreciated.


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savvydating 22 months ago

I loved this charming poem about Xmas cheer, and I always enjoy trivia. I'm glad you mentioned the X in Christmas. I know that some people are wrongly offended and they need not be. I have to say I love Christmas and all the pomp and circumstance with all of my heart! Even my son is beginning to appreciate the decorating thing ever since he got his own place that he doesn't have to share with five roommates. This year alone, he has four trees! He's thinking of entering a contest. Lol!

Voting up. I'd also vote "happy" if we had a button for that!


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for those kind words savvydating. It is good your son is now in the spirit of decorating..wow, four trees. I hope he does enter a contest. We haven't started decorating yet but I'm sure we'll start soon. Though with four cats it's better to leave it to the last minute because they tend to demolish your decorations..they think it's a great game. I agree about the 'x' for Christ. I have long Ben aware it wasn't sacreligious. Thanks for the vote up. Maybe they should add a "happy" button just for this time of year.


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Crissylite 22 months ago

I really enjoyed the Christmas poem.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Crissylite. Much appreciated. Have a great Christmas.


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Sparklea 22 months ago from Upstate New York

Oh, Jodah, what awesome, beautiful pictures! And you certainly covered everything in your terrific poem! Voted up and beautiful! If anyone can't remember all that needs to be done for Christmas, all they have to do is read your poem! I don't think you left anything out!

Thank you for the trivia! I received quite the education! I can't believe I did not know about the Bible not mentioning three wise men!

Or the origin of Silent Night. I did know about the candy cane, but that's about it.

SO appreciate the time you took to share all of this. I can feel your enthusiasm for this wonderful holiday that celebrates the birth of our Lord and Savior. I could not exist without knowing God is taking care of me...and the world, regardless of all the chaos going on.

Your title is great, as I clicked right on it...I love reading about Christmas.

God bless you real good and thank you so much for this great hub. Blessing always, Sparklea :)


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Oh Sparklea, it makes a writer's day when one of their hubs attracts this sort of appreciative comment. Thank you for you kind words and I am glad you found this entertaining and helpful. I appreciate your encouragement and support. God bless you and yours this Christmas.


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sweetpikez 22 months ago

Dear Jodah,

I feel the Christmas day while reading your poem. I love the pictures and clip. I like the trivia that you have in here.It's very useful.

Voted up, useful and beautiful.

Happy holidays,

Sweetpikez


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firstday 22 months ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This is a fun read…and yes Christmas is arriving once again..it all goes so quick.


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AliciaC 22 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for sharing the enjoyable poem and the interesting trivia, Jodah. It's exciting to realize how close Christmas is!


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you sweetpikez, glad you could feel Christmas day reading this. You have a great holiday season too.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Firstday, glad you enjoyed this hub. It certainly does go quick. Have a great Christmas.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I appreciate you reading and commenting Alicia. Glad you enjoyed this...yep it's arriving quickly.


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stricktlydating 22 months ago from Australia

Great poem and seasons greetings!


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Stricktlydating...many greetings to you.


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ChitrangadaSharan 22 months ago from New Delhi, India

Wonderful combination of prose and poem with lovely pictures!

Christmas time is here again. Really how time flies!

This one will really set the mood for Christmas.

The Xmas trivia is truly interesting and informative. Voted up!


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading another of my hubs Chitrangada. I am glad it will help set the Christmas mood and that you enjoyed the poetry and pictures and found the trivia interesting. I wish you a wonderful and blessed Christmas.


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jhamann 22 months ago from Reno NV

Merry Christmas Jodah! Great Poem for the season. Jamie


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RachaelOhalloran 22 months ago from United States

Your poem was exceptional, I loved the scary snowman in the video and Mack Z's song. I'm a fan of trivia and I learned a few things from your list. :) Great job on this... I can't wait for Christmas!


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Jamie. Merry Christmas to you and your family.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Rachael, glad you enjoyed the poem, song, trivia, and scary snowman. What more could I as? You have a great Christmas.


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FlourishAnyway 22 months ago from USA

A pig's head and mustard, oh my. This was a festive and interesting hub, John, and I much enjoyed the poem, trivia, and video.


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DDE 22 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I love this time of year. Always fun and getting together with family and friends is such a great way to show love and care. A wonderful thought from you. Voted up!


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Sounds yummy doesn't it Flourish? :) Glad you enjoyed this hub.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

It sounds like you will have a great Christmas Devika. Thanks for reading this and the vote up. Merry Christmas.


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Anita lesic 22 months ago from Zagreb

Hi Jodah. Your poem is amazing :*) Christmas time and happiness can be seen on people's faces. Voted up!


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Anita, much appreciated. Yes Christmas can do that to people


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teaches12345 22 months ago

You've put me in the mood for Christmas. I didn't know the Beatles has so much Christmas flair in music. I do love their "simply having a wonderful Christmas time". The music videos were nice.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Great to hear teaches that this got you into the Christmas mood. I too was surprised about the Beatles hits. I couldn't recall hearing any Christmas songs by them.


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Eric Flynn 22 months ago from Providence, Rhode Island

Here comes Christmas... I found the fact that at least four European countries have a standard of once month's salary as a Xmas bonus, (no such thing here in the USA). I'm going to try my best this year not to be a grinch.

EWF


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes I would love that bonus Eric. Glad to hear you aren't thinking of stealing Xmas this year. :)


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Vellur 22 months ago from Dubai

Beautiful! Wishing you a Merry Christmas!


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Vellur, and Merry Christmas to you also.


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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

I liked the rhyming poem; it reads like a Christmas song…you can almost hear the music. I learned from your trivia list. For example, I didn’t know that “X” isn’t derivative of some commercial acronym. And leave it to Cromwell to ban the festivities. (I can’t help but wonder if it was because he thought them to be too Roman Catholic.) I enjoyed this hub, John. Interesting and heart-warming at the same time. :-)


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Genna, I appreciate the kind comment and glad you think this would make a good Christmas song. I learnt a lot from reading the trivia too and it was difficult to decide what to include. You are probably right about Cromwell.


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klidstone1970 21 months ago from Niagara Region, Canada

Lovely poem, John. Glad to see Santa gets a nip of rum to warm his innards on what must be a long, cold night ;)) I echo everyone's sentiments in regards to the trivia - very interesting and what's more, we all learned something by it. Merry Christmas, Kim.


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes after all his hard work Santa deserves a nice nip of rum to warm himself. Glad you enjoyed the poem and the trivia Kim. Thanks, and Merry Christmas to you.


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MelRootsNWrites 21 months ago from California

I enjoyed your poem and the Christmas trivia. I like the line about the lights being seen from space. My Dad loved decorating outside for the holidays. He always overdid it a bit on the lights. One year, we went with white lights and got dubbed little Reno by friendss (Reno is a city filled with casinos). We decided to go back to color lights the follow year so as not to blind the neighbors.


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Mel, glad you enjoyed this. Yes some people certainly do go overboard on the lights but I must admit my family always did like driving around and looking at the Christmas light displays. Our city held a competition for best light display each year. Little Reno..haha...must have been impressive and probably seen from space.

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MelRootsNWrites 21 months ago from California

I always remember that when we were kids my Dad put up one string of the big lights and we were supposed to be happy that he did that. Oh how things changed when he had grandchildren. Suddenly, it was lights around the house, the garage, and the bushes. He also had several decorations that went with the display. It was kind of nice to see him take this pleasure, something he was probably too tired to enjoy before he retired.


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Mel, glad this brought back some Christmas memories for you. Yes your dad probably had more time to devote to things like the Christmas lights after he retired. It is good that he found his inspiration so the grandchildren could enjoy it.


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Deborah Demander 21 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Thanks for the fun Christmas read, Jodah.

Namaste


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Deborah, thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed this hub. Cheers.


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Dana Tate 15 months ago from LOS ANGELES

I know it's crazy, here I am commenting on a hub written in December close to the fourth of July. Thank God my computer is fixed I have now been going over all my old emails and commenting on all the hubs I have missed. Most have been a pure pleasure to read- including this one. Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. There's something magical in the air around Christmas time.


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Dana, I was surprised when I checked my email in box and saw a comment on one of my Christmas hubs :) it was a pleasant surprise though and I am glad you enjoyed this. Christmas is a special time.


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brakel2 9 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Jodah = Your Christmas poem and facts make a great holiday hub. I never knew many of the facts you have included in this hub. It makes me a smarter person ha ha and I can spread this knowledge, attributing it to my friend Jodah. Thanks for sharing this hub. Also sharing, Blessings, Audrey


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Audrey it always makes me feel good when a reader tells me they learnt something new from one of my hubs. It proves I am giving something back to others and writing is worthwhile. So glad you enjoyed this poem and Christmas facts. You are most welcome to spread your newfound knowledge. I hope you and yours have a great Christmas.


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Vellur 9 months ago from Dubai

Came back to read again and wish you a Very Merry Christmas to you and yours!


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Vellur, same to you. Merry Christmas

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