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Merry Christmas! December 25, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness.

IMGP2252bFranklin Pierce was the first American president to decorate the White House with a Christmas Tree.

In 1843, Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” in just six weeks.

The first state to officially recognize the Christmas holiday was Alabama.

Christmas became a national holiday in America on June 26, 1870.

“Jingle Bells” was originally written for Thanksgiving before it became a popular Christmas song.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” is shown on TV more than any other holiday movie.

If you received all the gifts from the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” you would have 364 gifts.

More diamonds are sold during the Christmas season than any other time of the year.


Have a Bonny Day filled with Warmth, Light, Love, and Laughter!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source of Christmas Trivia: Β e-mail from AMOB


1. Pix Under the Oaks - December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas this fine morning Nancy and BFF! May your Christmas be all you want it to be. And give Tigger Kitty a scritch and tummy rub for us!

nrhatch - December 25, 2013

Thanks, Pix! We had a lovely time with our nieces the last few days. We took them home today and had a fun time opening presents, eating scones, and playing games. Plus a delicious dinner before we headed home. Tigger got a scritch (so did my sister’s guide dog, Raven). Hope you and CH had a Bright and Merry day.

2. Sandra Bell Kirchman - December 25, 2013

I’m thinking you probably don’t miss snow. Have a great Christmas holiday, Nancy!

nrhatch - December 25, 2013

Thanks, Sandra! You are right about the snow. Sunshine and palm trees more than make up for any of the fluffy white stuff. Hope you have a lovely week.

3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas Nancy!

nrhatch - December 25, 2013

Thanks, Greg. I’ll have to swing round to see what you and Katherine have been cooking. Merry Christmas!

4. kateshrewsday - December 25, 2013

Six weeks. And now it is an institution. Lovely Christmas facts, Nancy. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

nrhatch - December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas, Kate. My time has been in demand the past few days so I haven’t had a chance to read all your Carol posts ~ things should quiet down now that we’ve returned our two nieces to their parents. Hope you had a FUN filled day.

5. Eric Alagan - December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays πŸ™‚

nrhatch - December 26, 2013

Hope you’re having a week filled with Merry and Bright!

6. Patricia - December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas! BTW.. I didn’t get even one of the many diamonds sold. Bummer.

nrhatch - December 26, 2013

If “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” . . . I am a virtual recluse. :mrgreen:

Patricia - December 26, 2013


7. BrantleyNewton - December 25, 2013

I’m in Alabama right now, and boy do they take it seriously around here!

nrhatch - December 26, 2013

Sweet Home Alabama . . . where the skies are so blue! Have a Merry “serious” Christmas. Ho!Ho!Ho!

8. Kathy - December 26, 2013

Come to think of it, I got a diamond engagement ring ten years ago Christmas morning. Spent the rest of the day waving my left hand around my large extended family.

That fireplace scene is gorgeous.

nrhatch - December 26, 2013

I think you are now the only one I “know” who received a diamond for Christmas . . . you are ELITE! Hope your day yesterday was filled with sweet surprises!

9. Piglet in Portugal - December 26, 2013

Hi Nancy,

A belated “Happy Christmas” πŸ™‚

nrhatch - December 26, 2013

Thanks, PiP! We had a lovely day yesterday, but it seemed QUIET when we got back home without our nieces last night ~ no buzz of cell phones announcing incoming texts! πŸ˜›

10. William D'Andrea - December 26, 2013

My three beautiful and charming grand neices are getting older. The oldest is about to turn 13 and is now a young woman.
When I visited my sister over Thanksgiving, I asked her what she’d suggest I get them for Christmas.
She told me, “The girls are now talking about Jewelry.”
Uh-oh! I thought;
“On the 13th Day of Christmas
My true love said to me,
“I’ve just filed for Bank-rupt-cy!”
I knew you can get good looking items, which aren’t really all that expensive, so I checked out some of the shops in a local mall. When I learned the prices, I decided, “Only the oldest girl will get jewelery. I’m the uncle not the boyfriend.”
So I got her a simple cross on a simple necklace, which I think is a good gift for a 13 year old Catholic girl. It’s more than just jewelery. It’s something with true meaning, and not just a bauble.
I got the younger girls elegant looking watches, which weren’t all that expensive.
I haven’t seen the girls yet. When I do, I’ll hand them their presents, which I hope they’ll appreciate.
I hope you received gifts that you enjoy.

nrhatch - December 26, 2013

Thanks, William. Hope your nieces enjoyed your gifts. We don’t do much in the way of gift exchanges any more. We focus on family, friends, food, and FUN!

11. ericjbaker - December 26, 2013

You promote Christmas while elves work in sweatshop conditions at the North Pole? I’m boycotting the holiday until the flying reindeer are no longer forced to fly for 12 hours without an hour for lunch!

nrhatch - December 26, 2013

Good thinking! The season is vastly overdone and the Elves and Reindeer are overworked to the point of exhaustion. :mrgreen:

12. Cecelia Futch - December 26, 2013

A day late, but I hope your Christmas was wonderful in every way. I enjoyed all the holiday facts!

nrhatch - December 26, 2013

Thanks, Cecilia. We had lots of Merry and a bit of Bright thrown in for good measure.

13. jannatwrites - December 27, 2013

Oh thank goodness my husband didn’t buy diamonds for Christmas! I had my watch battery changed today and I gazed a little at some of their stuff. Sticker shock 😯

nrhatch - December 27, 2013

I feel the same. I’d rather have chocolate than diamonds ~> so that’s what BFF gave me. White Chocolate Truffles AND Coconut Patties dipped in Dark Chocolate. πŸ˜€

14. Three Well Beings - December 28, 2013

A Christmas Carol in six weeks! That’s amazing, isn’t it! This is a great list of fun facts, Nancy!

nrhatch - December 28, 2013

Dickens spent 6 weeks to create a classic holiday gem . . . and he wasn’t even participating in NaNoWriMo! πŸ˜› I expect many writers have labored for years on far less memorable lines.

15. colonialist - December 28, 2013

Very belatedly catching up with your Christmas post! Very pretty and some most interesting facts. 364 gifts? Wow! It needs a coda to round it off to 365:
Twelve drummers drumming ….
and a partridge in a pear tree
(plus, as a last gift, said, ‘Take me!’),

nrhatch - December 28, 2013

I thought along the same lines when I saw that the song produce 1 gift short of 365. Of course, with all those drummers and maids and geese around, it’s unlikely that anyone would be looking for ANOTHER gift. :mrgreen:

That reminds me of the e-mail about the restraining order against John for causing Agnes to suffer a nervous breakdown:


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