Ten Facts about December:
1. An almanac prediction states that if snow falls on Christmas Day, Easter will be warm, green and sunny.
2. The term Yuletide comes from a Norse tradition of cutting and burning a tree to bring in the Winter Solstice. This was to last through 12 days – later known as the 12 days of Christmas.
3. December 12th is Poinsettia Day.
4. Saint Nickolas, who would eventually be called Santa Claus, was originally the patron saint of children, thieves and pawnbrokers!
5. The first artificial Christmas tree was made in Germany, fashioned out of goose feathers that are dyed green!
6. Spiders and spider webs are considered good luck on Christmas.
7. Common decorations on a Christmas tree each have their specific meanings. Candles – the light of the world, the Star at the top is a reminder of the first Christmas night and Candy canes are to represent the Shepherd’s cane.
8. “Jingle bells” was composed in 1857, and not for Christmas – it was meant to be a Thanksgiving song!
9. In 1647 Oliver Cromwell, English Puritan leader, banned the festivities of Christmas for being seen as immoral on such a holy day. Anyone who was seen celebrating was arrested! The ban was lifted in 1660.
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