Archive for December, 2013

December 24, 2013


In Bolivia they observe  La Misa Del Gallo or “Mass of the Rooster” on Christmas Eve. Some people even bring roosters to the midnight mass, as a gesture that symbolizes the belief that a rooster was the first animal to announce the birth of Jesus.


December 23, 2013


Eating mincemeat pie at Christmas time, dates back to the 16th century. Traditionally, it was thought that eating a small pie on each of the 12 days of Christmas would bring good luck in the New Year.

December 22, 2013


Christmas isn’t a national holiday in Japan (only one percent of the Japanese population is estimated to be Christian) yet a bucket of “Christmas Chicken” is the go to meal on the big day.  And it’s all thanks to the insanely successful marketing campaign “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” (Kentucky for Christmas!) in 1974. The colonel’s recipe is so popular, the fast-food chain recommends customers place their Christmas orders two months in advance


December 21, 2013


In Fiji there is a species of snail called Ba Humbugi. The snail is named after Scrooge’s famous exclamation in A Christmas Carol, although Scrooge only utters the words ‘Bah, humbug!’ twice in the whole story (though he did exclaim ‘Humbug!’ a number of times).


December 20, 2013


Barnum’s animal crackers in the circus-themed box were designed with a string handle so they could hang on a Christmas tree.


December 17, 2013


The Christmas wreath has significant meaning during the holiday season. It’s circular shape represents eternity, for it has no beginning and no end. From a Christian perspective, the evergreen, most frequently used in making wreathes, symbolizes growth and everlasting life.  Holly branches have thorns, when used in a wreath it represents the thorns on Jesus’ crown when he was crucified. Bright red holly berries symbolize Jesus’ blood that was shed for us.


December 15, 2013


Wassail is a beverage dating back to the Middle Ages. The word is derived from Old Norse, meaning “in good health.” This evolved into visiting neighbors on Christmas Eve and drinking to their health. The actual ingredients in traditional wassail are widely disputed. This could be attributable to the fact that festive bands who traveled from home to home often replenished the bowl with whatever liquid refreshment was available. While one home might have apple cider, another might have spirits of a stronger sort such as ale, wine or hard cider. Most modern recipes for wassail use hot apple cider simmered with spices and sweetened with honey.


December 14, 2013


The artificial Christmas tree first came into existence in Germany some time during the 1800’s.  They were created to prevent the deforestation that was occurring due to the popularity of real Christmas trees. The first artificial Christmas trees were made out of dyed goose feathers.