Christmas Traditions And Trivia
Christmas is here and with it comes tradtions - from kissing under the mistletoe,to decorating an evergreen tree, to that jolly good fat man himself, Santa Clause. Ever wonder where some of these traditions came from? This page has a few interesting tid bits of information, just to spark your curiosity and bring about that magical sense of wonder we all feel this time of year.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie.
Kissing Under The Mistletoe
Kissing under the mistletoe, a Christmas time favorite, dates back to a 17th century English custom. Back then, every time a kiss was made, one of the little white berries on the mistletoe was removed. When there were no more berries, there was no more kissing!
Coca Cola was the first beverage company to use Santa for a winter promotion
The Christmas Wreath
Wreaths have a long history, dating back to ancient Druids who believed that holly, a perennial evergreen with lush, red berries, was a magical plant. Wreaths were first created when holly and other evergreens were arranged in a circular shape, a shape with no beginning or end, and therefore, synonymous with eternity. This representation took on more meaning when Jesus Christ was crowned with a wreath of thorns.
"A Visit from St. Nick," was written in 1822 by Clement C Moore. This poem was later published as "The Night Before Christmas" and is credited with the creation of the modern image of Santa Clause as a jolly fat man in a red suit.
The original Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, was born in Turkey in the 4th century
Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.
Thirty-seven million fresh Christmas trees are sold each year.
Everyone's favorite cookie, the animal 'cracker' was designed to be carried in Barnums circus like boxes that had handles made of string specifically so that they could be hung from a Christmas tree. They were first imported into the United States in the late 1800's
"White Christmas" is the best selling Christmas song of all time. It has sold more than 100 million copies around the world. The song was written by Irving Berlin and recorded by Bing Crosby for the 1942 musical Holiday Inn.
Christmas carols can be traced back to as early as 1350, but most of today’s Christmas carols were written during the 18th century
Christmas Fruit Cake
What is Christmas without fruitcake? We always hear about them but what exactly are they? It is called a cake, but because it is chock-full of nuts and candied fruits, it more closely resembles a candy bar. When sliced, pieces can be passed off as cookies.
In ancient times, fruitcake was made with raisins, pomegranate seeds, and pine nuts mixed together with barley mash. Later, honey, spices, and candied fruits were added. Because of fruitcake's consistency and longevity, early warriors and hunters carried it with them on long journeys.
More than 1.76 billion candy canes are made annually for the Christmas season.