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Some Christmas songs don’t mention Christmas

on Wednesday, 02 December 2015. Posted in Columns, Opinions

With a little more than three weeks until Christmas, consider this Christmas trivia: What is holly’s symbolic meaning to Christians? To Christians, the berries are symbolic of Christ’s blood, and the thorny leaves suggest the thorns in His crown. Mary and Joseph journeyed from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be enrolled in the imperial census. That was 92.5 miles. Which emperor is credited with standardizing Dec. 25 as Christmas Day? Constantine in 325 A.D.

What do the songs “Jingle Bells”, “Winter Wonderland”, and “Sleighride” have in common? None of these songs mentions Christmas. Why is “O, Come All Ye Faithful” a Christmas carol but “Deck the Halls” not? A true Christmas carol has to have a religious theme. Dr. Joel Poinsett started the American tradition of poinsettia at Christmas. The native South Carolinian was the first US ambassador to Mexico. He brought the plant to the U.S. in 1828. Mexicans had long revered poinsettia because it resembled the Star of Bethlehem.

The New England Puritans forbade Christmas celebrations. Considering Christmas trees and decorations to be pagan, they outlawed them in Massachusetts until 1859. When and where did the Salvation Army Christmas collection kettle originate? In an effort to solicit cash to pay for a charity Christmas dinner in 1891, a large crab pot was set down on a San Francisco street, becoming the first Salvation Army collection kettle.

Did you know America has an official Christmas tree? America’s official national Christmas tree is located in King’s Canyon National Park in California. The tree, a giant sequoia called the “General Grant Tree,” is over 300 feet high. It was made the official Christmas tree in 1925. Where is Christmas Island? Formally called Kiritimati, Christmas Island is in the Indian Ocean. Did you know more diamonds are sold at Christmas time than at Valentine’s Day?

During Christmas 31 percent more are sold than during any other holiday or occasion during the year. Toys for Tots started making the holidays a little happier for children in 1947 by organizing its first Christmas toy drive for needy youngsters. On Christmas Day, 1989, Eastern Europe was permitted to celebrate Christmas freely and openly for the first time in decades.

Church masses were broadcast live for the first time in history. In what Broadway musical was the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” introduced? “Meet Me in St. Louis”. Judy Garland sang the song in the film version. Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? The ancient Norse associated mistletoe with their goddess of love. Source: www.corsinet.com – Brain Candy

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