Thursday, December 24, 2015

Some Christmas Randomness

Christmas on Other Words

  • Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan ~ Mandarin 
  • Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar ~ Dutch
  • Joyeux Noël ~ French
  • Froehliche Weihnachten ~ German
  • Sung Tan Chuk Ha ~ Korean
  • Nollaig chridheil huibh ~ Scots Gaelic

Christmas Facts (collected from various sites around the web)

  • Hot cockles" was a popular game at Christmas in medieval times. It was a game in which the other players took turns striking the blindfolded player, who had to guess the name of the person delivering each blow. "Hot cockles" was still a Christmas pastime until the Victorian era.
  • Wassail" comes from the Old Norse "ves heill"--to be of good health. This evolved into the tradition of visiting neighbors on Christmas Eve and drinking to their health.
  • According to the National Christmas Tree Association, Americans buy 37.1 million real Christmas trees each year; 25 percent of them are from the nation's 5,000 choose-and-cut farms.
  • 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 (90 meters) high. It was made the official Christmas tree in 1925.
  • An artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees. A spider web found on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck.

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