Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Trivia Tuesday, Christmas Style, Part 2....

(Part 1 of Christmas Trivia is HERE.)

Now for Part 2 ...

Christmas trees were first used in the 1500s in Germany. 

Oregon produces the most real Christmas trees in the United States.
That is an actual Christmas tree farm in Oregon.

Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.

My daughter and son-in-law live in Oregon.

Here's their Christmas tree this year! ...

And here's their fireplace mantel...
I love it.
(I got those pictures from her blog.)

Mistletoe (Viscum album) is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads though bird droppings.

You can click HERE to read about why we kiss under the mistletoe.

Mistletoe was chosen as Oklahoma's state flower in 1893 and later changed to the state floral emblem.

My husband, son and daughter were all born in Oklahoma.

I think the people in Oklahoma are the hardiest, and most friendly I have ever known.

My husband grew up in wonderful Hinton, Oklahoma.

Here's other Christmas trivia...

Eggnog first became popular in England where it was considered a drink for the upper class.

"Jingle Bells" was first written for Thanksgiving and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs.

The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.

In Poland, spiders or spider webs are common Christmas trees decorations because according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. In fact, Polish people consider spiders to be symbols of goodness and prosperity at Christmas.

And now about some Christmas carols....

The words and lyrics of the old Christmas carol 'Joy to the World' were written in 1719 by Isaac Watts (1674-1748). 'Joy to the World' is a popular Christmas carol which is based on Psalm 98 in the Bible. 

'Away in a Manger' is always the first carol that children are taught. Away in a Manger was originally published in 1885. The publication of 'Away in a Manger' was in a Lutheran Sunday school book and this created the misconception that the lyrics of 'Away in a Manger' were actually written by Martin Luther himself. The real author is unknown.

Rector Phillips Brooks (1835-1903) of Philadelphia, wrote the words to 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' in 1868, following a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He was inspired by the view of Bethlehem from the hills of Palestine especially at night time hence the lyrics of 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'. His church organist Lewis Redner (1831-1908) wrote the melody to 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' for the Sunday school children's choir. 

So there you have some Christmas trivia I like.

And I have a poll up (upper right) that could use some votes!!!

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