... Clement C. Moore didn't want his name associated with the poem he wrote about "A Visit From St. Nicholas." It would become what we know as "Twas The Night Before Christmas." Why, you ask? He didn't want to hurt his reputation as a professor. For 20 years, he kept the secret of him penning the classic tale.
... Santa, by any name he takes, can be traced back to Nicholas, Bishop of Myra.
... the last song in "It's A Wonderful Life" was supposed to be "Ode to Joy."
... Santa won an Oscar, so to speak. Edmond Gwenn won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for portaying the jolly one in "Miracle on 34th Street." Yeah, but who played the drunk one at the beginning of the show?
... Festivus was not the creation of the "Seinfeld" team. They adopted the story from a writer from their team and his accounts of such a holiday in his family. It dates back to a Reader's Digest story in 1966.
... if it wasn't for commercialization, perhaps "A Charlie Brown Christmas" might have never aired. It got a much-needed sponsor in Coca-Cola.
... there is no record that Martin Luther was the first to put candles on a tree. After the idea spread, though, they had to be very, very careful. You think?
... Count em. It takes 364 presents to get them all in the 12 days song. Oh, in the original, it is not gold rings, as in the ones we wear on fingers. It was golden-ringed pheasants. That surely would bring the price of them down. Yes, that is in reference to the story they print every year about the cost. Yawner.
... because Henry Travers, who played Clarence Oddbody AS2, in "It's A Wonderful Life" was also in "Bells of St. Mary's," they used that on the marque. The AS2 is Angel Second Class.
... it sounded nice to hear and read that mice gnawed through the organ and ruined the debut of a piece titled "Still Nacht! Heilege Nache." Many now dispute this claim but that didn't stop "Silent Night" from being performed in 1816.
... the movie "White Christmas" came about because of "Holiday Inn." That movie made the song "White Christmas" popular as it was introduced in it.
... we pardon turkeys for Thanksgiving. Why not a tree for Christmas? Let's move on, shall we?
... we can also thank Coca-Cola for giving us the red and white color spectrum for Santa. Sure, Thomas Nast gave us the look, but it was Coke who brought on the color red. Of course, they made him drink the product. That was in 1931.
... speaking, or writing, of Nast, he also gave us the Democrat Donkey and the Republican Elephant.
... When you think about it, the drummer boy should have never been let in the stable. "Hey, keep it down with those drums. A baby is sleeping in here."
... mistletoe is a parasite. It makes sense to think that we kiss under a parasite plant. We often feel like it when under it, too.
... poinsettias are not poisonous. That doesn't mean you should eat them.
... back to the mistletoe: Kissing Santa Claus," I have been in therapy for many years. Huh? Truth is, when this tune came out, there was g the real way to go about this. You have a plant with berries and pick one after each kiss. When the berries are down, the kissing is done.
... thanks to "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," I have been in therapy for years. When it first came out there was great concern over the lyrics and the idea of mommy doing this act. Oh, it's dad. But wait, it's Santa. Got it.
... in that poem mentioned earlier about a night before Christmas, it doesn't mention Santa Claus.
... the same year "A Christmas Carol" was published in England (1843), Christmas cards originated.
... mistletoe, literally, means "twig dung." That's the same nickname I gave my Uncle Willie.
...truth is, Charles Dickens wanted to make money like Scrooge after he penned "A Christmas Carol." See my story on Digital Journal, on below...
Let's take a trip back
to England in 1843.
The Industrial Revolution was in full steam and workers were rewarded with long hours and barely a day off.
Enter Charles Dickens and "A Christmas Carol." One could say, in a sense, that because of this story, Scrooge helped save Christmas.
Because Dickens was longing for a return to the past when Christmas was celebrated for 12 days, hence the 12 Days of Christmas, he came up with "A Christmas Carol." But the forces prevented it. No way were the employers going to allow 12 days off to celebrate the holiday. It was almost impossible to get Christmas day off, as Bob Crachit and his family knew all too well.
When Dickens was pondering the story, he thought it would be nice to go back but he also realized all that time off could not be done, so he settled for Christmas Day, and perhaps part of Christmas Eve. So, he penned this beauty of a story and the ideas in it came to be all over England - - and beyond.