December 13 – Silent Night The words for the Christmas carol we know as Silent Night were first set down on paper in 1816 in the tiny Alpine village of Mariapfarr, Austria. The fame of this composition spread throughout … Continue reading
December 12 – Christmas Candles The ancient Romans are generally credited with developing the wicked candle before 3000 BC by dipping rolled papyrus repeatedly in melted tallow or beeswax. The resulting candles were used to light their homes, to aid travelers at … Continue reading
December 11 – Mince Pie In Britain, eating mince pies at Christmas dates back to the 1500s. It is still believed that to eat a mince pie on each of the Twelve Days of Christmas will bring twelve happy months … Continue reading
December 10 – Tinker Toys Frustrated at the lack of interest in his new toy invention, Charles Pajeau hired several midgets, dressed them in elf costumes, and had them play with “Tinker Toys” in a display window at a Chicago … Continue reading
December 9 – Candy Canes Candy canes were invented over 350 years ago, when candy-makers both professional and amateur were making hard sugar sticks. The original candy was straight and completely white in color. In the 1600′s European-Christians started using Christmas … Continue reading
December 8 - ”Not even a mouse” Clement Clark Moore first wrote Twas the Night Before Christmas as a fun Christmas eve presentation for his children. When Moore was 44, his poem was published anonymously in the Troy New York Sentinel on December 23,1823, … Continue reading
December 7 – Salvation Army In an effort to solicit cash to pay for a charity Christmas dinner in 1891, a large crabpot was set up on a San Francisco street, becoming the first Salvation Army collection kettle.
A New Bike It was coming up to Christmas and Sammy asked his mum if he could have a new bike. She told him that the best idea would be for him to write to Santa Claus. But Sammy, having … Continue reading
Pig’s Head A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.
Dickens and Tiny Tim Charles Dickens’ novel, A Christmas Carol, was written in a six-week period in October and November of 1843 when he was 31 years old. Dickens was so certain that people would like his story that he refused to … Continue reading
A Christmas wreath represents the festive spirit of Christmas and gives a welcoming greeting. It is traditionally made of evergreen branches which are a symbol for eternal life. The term “wreath” comes from Middle English’s “wrethe”, which means a twisted band or ring of … Continue reading