Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Trivia

Did you know:

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.

Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition.

After "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens wrote several other Christmas stories, one each year, but none was as successful as the original. Before settling on the name of Tiny Tim for his character in "A Christmas Carol," three other alliterative names were considered by Charles Dickens. They were Little Larry, Puny Pete, and Small Sam. And,  Charles Dickens' initial choice for Scrooge's statement "Bah Humbug" was "Bah Christmas."

Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday. This tradition began in 1836.

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.

Christmas is not widely celebrated in Scotland. Some historians believe that Christmas is downplayed in Scotland because of the influence of the Presbyterian Church (or Kirk), which considered Christmas a "Papist," or Catholic event. As a result, Christmas in Scotland tends to be somber.


Tine said...

Interesting! I didn't know they were edible!
btw, love your white Christmas tree!

Sally said...

Wow, Ms Brenda, I didn't know! I'm so glad Dickens chose Tiny Tim; the other names not so much!

Hope you're warm this morning. It's not cold here really, but damp. :)

Jeanette said...

Very interesting. Good to know you can eat a pine tree if you are ever lost in the woods!!

Jeanne said...

We're part of the 25percent getting a choose and cut. Fun factoids Brenda. Hope you're enjoying a very Merry Christmas with your family. {{HUGS}}