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In 1917, the Hall brothers ran out of tissue paper at their store, so they wrapped gifts with fancy stationery instead.
- Greeting cards
- Gift wrap
- Christmas tree star
Evergreens have historically been brought into homes as a reminder of resiliency and hope for the future. This is true of many cultures, including ancient Egypt and Rome.
- It symbolizes everlasting life and things to come in springtime.
- In Celtic cultures, placing gifts under the tree was a symbol of good luck.
- The yule log symbol originated as an entire tree, but now instead of burning it, we decorate it.
In the mid-1800s, Queen Victoria and her German husband were very popular in the United States. Germans had long celebrated Christmas by decorating trees.
- Discoveries made by explorers in Egypt in the late 1800s sparked the trend.
- Queen Victoria had one, and her tree appeared on the cover of a magazine.
- It was seen as practical during the Great Depression because it could later be used as firewood.
Washington Irving's works about Christmas have been credited with introducing (and possibly inventing) many Christmas traditions. Clement Clarke Moore wrote the famous story "A Visit from St. Nicholas," now known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
- Charles Dickens and Theodore Seuss Geisel
- George Seaton and Philip Van Doren Stern
- Washington Irving and Clement Clarke Moore
Each year, Americans buy about 30 million real trees and about 12 million fake ones from stores and growers. Real trees are usually grown for at least 15 years before they’re ready to be sold.
- 30 million
- 12 million
- 3 million
- 45 million
In the Middle Ages, Christians attended church and then partied in a celebration similar to Mardi Gras.
- A solemn church service
- A raucous, drunken festival
- Christmas wasn’t celebrated then.
The origins of eggnog are a bit muddled, but many believe that the drink derived from a colonial treat called "grog," a catch-all term for any drink made with rum.
- It was a happy accident by Queen Victoria’s personal chef, who forgot to cook some batter.
- It was developed in the 1920s to calm children on Christmas Eve.
- It was served as a rum-based beverage at John Smith’s 1607 Jamestown settlement.
Other real Christmas-y towns: Mistletoe, Ky.; Christmas, Fla.; Noel, La.; Saint Nicholas, Penn. — and there are at least four towns named North Pole.
- North Pole, Alaska
- Santa Claus, Ga.
- Yule, Calif.
- Rudolph, Wisc.
Saint Nicholas, a Greek bishop who lived in what is now Turkey, is best known for being the patron saint of sailors and children.
- Sailors and children
- The poor and sick
- Animals and carpenters
Christmas was not a popular holiday during and after the Revolutionary War, as it was perceived to be an English custom.
- July 4, 1776
- Dec. 25, 1776
- Dec. 23, 1801
- June 26, 1870
Santa’s ninth reindeer was imagined by Robert L. May, who created a booklet for Montgomery Ward as a replacement for the coloring books the store had traditionally given away to children during the holidays.
- In an advertising poem designed to get customers into a department store
- In a popular song written by Johnny Marks
- In a series of DC comic books
Kevin was left all alone as his parents rushed out the door to catch a flight to Paris. They didn’t realize they had left him at home until they were already on the plane.
- New York City
- San Francisco
Kermit the Frog played Bob Cratchit, while Rizzo played himself alongside The Great Gonzo as Dickens to narrate the story.
- Kermit the Frog
- The Great Gonzo
- Rizzo the Rat
Kringle’s proof was that the post office delivered letters addressed to Santa Claus to him, an acknowledgement by the federal government.
- All of the city’s children testified.
- He performed a miracle.
- The post office delivered letters to him.
- He showed his birth certificate from the North Pole.
Poor Max dresses up as a reindeer on the fateful night when Christmas is stolen by his grumpy owner.
- Santa Claws
Yep — each verse starts over with all of the previous gifts listed again, so if you added them all up, it would equal 364.
As Cousin Eddie says, "It's the gift that keeps on giving the whole year!"
- A swimming pool
- One-year membership to the Jelly of the Month Club
- Four tickets to Wally World
- A letter confirming his reservation at the "nut house"
In Randy's starring scene, he shows his mother "how the piggies eat."
Yes, Scrooge gets visits from the three ghosts, but don’t forget who warned him! His old partner, Marley, also appears in ghost form.
Ovaltine? A crummy commercial?! … You finish the rest.
- "You've won a Red Ryder BB Gun!"
- "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine."
- "Santa is watching you."
Bing Crosby's version of "White Christmas" was the best-selling single of all time. The two different verses are: "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas with every Christmas card I write," and "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas just like the ones I used to know."
- "... with every Christmas card I write."
- "... just like the ones when I was young."
- "... to spend with the ones I love."
Famously performed by Alvin and The Chipmunks, this song was actually written by a music teacher after he asked his second-grade class what they wanted for Christmas.
- So I will look pretty for my picture with Santa Claus.
- So I could wish you "Merry Christmas."
- So the other children won’t make fun of me anymore.
Recorded in 1957, Bobby Helms' rockabilly hit has been covered by dozens of singers and bands in the decades since its release.
- Frankie Ford
- Bobby Helms
- Hall & Oates
Greek and Russian orthodox churches actually celebrate Christmas 13 days after the 25th, when they believe Jesus was discovered by the Three Kings.
- The name Santa Claus comes from the Dutch nickname for Saint Nicholas, "Sinterklaas."
- Christmas was outlawed in Boston from 1659-1681.
- Christmas was celebrated as early as the 4th century.
- Christmas is celebrated on Dec. 25 by all Christians.
When he arrives at the North Pole, the young boy who is the subject of "The Polar Express" is chosen by Santa to receive the first gift of Christmas. He asks for one of the reindeer's bells. (Only people who truly believe in Santa can hear it ring.)
- Hot chocolate
- A bell
- Staying young forever
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