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The Christmas race is well on it’s way and in honor of all things Christmas, here’s some random facts.

Saint Nicholas of Myra, the original Santa Claus, is not only the patron saint of Children but, of thieves and pawnbrokers as well.

No one should get in a tizzy over X-mas instead of Christmas. X is the English alphabet form of the Greek “chi” which is the first letter in the word Christus. It is considered its appropriate abbreviation and Xmas was in fact how Christmas was written before the invention of the printing press to save ink.

Alabama was the first US State to recognize Christmas as an official holiday, Oklahoma was the last.

Very popular from the 16th to the 19th centuries was a Christmas game called Snapdragons (or Flapdragons.) 
Gather everyone around the dining room table, place a large flat dish in the centre. In the dish scatter a good handful of raisins then pour on top a layer of brandy or cognac. Set fire to the brandy and dim the lights. Players take it in turns to pluck a raisin out of the burning liquid and eat it quickly down.  Personally, this game sounds awesome.

The reason Animal Crackers sometimes come in a box with a string is because they were originally designed, in the 1800’s, to be hung on a christmas tree.

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.

During the Christmas buying season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute in the United States.

There you go. Happy Christmas.

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2 Comments

  1. Oh, please try that game and let us know how it goes!

  2. Good ones.


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