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Wobbly Christmas dinner parties!
Christmas day is looming and lord knows there shall be dinner parties, champagne afternoons and plenty of ..eh what was I saying again?
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LET US KICK THIS OFF WITH SOME HISTORY…STAY WITH ME…
…because I know you need this shit in nugget format to wow your guests, drinking buddies, children goddamit even your partner!
( yes it is nice to impress our dearest the odd time. It takes a bit of effort to keep the romance alive and all that jazz )
And yes I know you have zero concentration and you are looking sideways at your Facebook feed but listen up…
* this will be painless
* bullet-pointed and
* will give you what you need
* to feel extra smart at that dinner table.
13 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT CHRISTMAS …
“Jingle Bells” was also the first song to be broadcast from space.
The song was written in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh”. It was supposed to be played in the composer’s Sunday school class during Thanksgiving as a way to commemorate the famed Medford sleigh races. “Jingle Bells” was also the first song to be broadcast from space.
The image of Santa Claus flying his sleigh began in 1819 and was created by Washington Irving, the same author who dreamt up the Headless Horseman.
The Montgomery Ward department store created Rudolph the Reindeer as a marketing gimmick to encourage children to buy their Christmas coloring books.
The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
Between the 16th and 19th centuries, global temperatures were significantly lower than normal in what was known as a “little ice age”. Charles Dickens grew up during this period and experienced snow for his first eight Christmases. This “White Christmas” experience influenced his writing and began a tradition of expectation for the holidays.
The Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square is donated to the people of London every year by the people of Oslo, Norway in thanks for their assistance during World War II.
Since 1918 the city of Boston has received a giant Christmas tree as a gift from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. Boston lent considerable support to the city of Halifax during their 1917 explosion and subsequent fire disaster.
In 1914 during World War I there was a now-famous Christmas truce in the trenches between the British and the Germans. They exchanged gifts across a neutral no man’s land, played football together, and decorated their shelters. (Read more about it in the book “Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce” by Stanley Weintraub.)
In 2010 during the Christmas season, the Colombian government decorated jungle trees with lights. The trees lit up when the guerrillas (terrorists) walked by and banners appeared asking them to surrender their arms. The campaign convinced 331 guerillas to re-enter society and also won an award for strategic marketing excellence.
Bicycle, the U.S. playing card company, manufactured cards to give all the POWS in Germany during World War II as Christmas presents. These cards, when soaked in water, revealed an escape route for POWs. The Nazis never knew.
The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
In Poland, spiders are considered to be symbols of prosperity and goodness at Christmas. In fact, spiders and spider webs are often used as Christmas tree decorations. According to legend, a spider wove baby Jesus a blanket to keep him warm.
So whatever you get up to this party season…
Whoever you sit next to, talk to, hug, kiss, dance with…
Don’t get caught up in negative shite.
Avoid the character bashers.
Look at peoples positives rather than zoning in on their negatives and if all else fails just GO DANCE and remove yourself from the situation.