Archive for December, 2013

December 13, 2013


 The abbreviation “Xmas” is not a non-religious version of “Christmas”. The “X” is actually indicating the Greek letter “Chi”, which is short for the Greek , meaning “Christ”.


December 12, 2013

December 12th is National Poinsettia Day!


Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, an amateur botanist and first United States ambassador to Mexico, introduced the plant that became known as the poinsettia to the United States. He discovered a shrub with brilliantly colored red leaves growing by the side of the road in Taxco, Mexico, in December 1828 and sent cuttings home to his plantation in Greenville, South Carolina.
Most botanists at that time dismissed the poinsettia as a weed? Fortunately, Poinsett continued to study and breed this plant in his greenhouse, sharing plants with his horticulturist friends. It soon gained acceptance as a holiday plant, despite its very short bloom time. It wasn’t until the 1960s that researchers were able to successfully breed plants to bloom more than just a few days.


December 11, 2013


Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.


December 10, 2013


The original lyrics to “Silver Bells” were “Tinkle Bells,” but fortunately, writer Jay Livingston’s wife told him he couldn’t use a slang word for urination in a Christmas song.


December 9, 2013


Reindeer are the only type of deer in which both male and females grow antlers.


December 7, 2013


 In the early 18th century, fruitcake was outlawed in Europe, where it was proclaimed “sinfully rich”.  The law was eventually repealed since fruitcake had become an important part of tea time, particularly in England.


December 6, 2013


Edward H. Johnson put the very first string of electric Christmas tree lights together in 1882.  Johnson, Thomas Edison’s friend and partner in the Edison’s Illumination Company, hand-wired 80 red, white and blue light bulbs and wound them around his Christmas tree. Not only was the tree illuminated with electricity, it also revolved.


December 4, 2013


According to the Guinness world records, the tallest cut Christmas tree ever was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.