Day 11 14 SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY – DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST CHRISTMAS
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Tuesday 11th December 2018
1 Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in 1895.
2 In 1836 Alabama became the first state in the US to declare Christmas a legal holiday.
3 Oklahoma became the last state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1907.
4 Do you know why we say the Twelve Days of Christmas? It is believed that it took the 3 kings 12 days to find baby Jesus.
5 1915 – Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards.
6 Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol was written in six weeks.
7 IMDB lists 202 various A Christmas Carol film adaptations, including films with non-traditional stories.
8 People used to tell scary ghost stories on Christmas Eve a century ago.
9 Charles Dickens created his classic character Scrooge after seeing the gravestone of Ebenezer Scroggie while filling in time on a lecture visit to Edinburgh in 1842. The novelist misread the surname on the gravestone as Scrooge and thought “mealman”, which referred to Scroggie’s career as a corn trader, was ‘Meanman’.
10 Christmas stockings allegedly evolved from the story of three sisters who were too poor to afford a marriage dowry and were, therefore, doomed to a life of prostitution. They were saved, however, when the wealthy Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna (the precursor to Santa Claus) crept down their chimney and generously filled their stockings with gold coins. So to speak.
11 Which author’s friend gave her a year’s salary for Christmas? For Answer See 12 below.
12 Harper Lee’s wise friend gave her the cash on the condition that she give up work and write. Lee famously went to write To Kill a Mockingbird, an immediate bestseller that won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and is regarded as one of the best novels of the 20th century.
13 In 1848 The Illustrated London News was the first ever magazine to publish a Christmas Extra supplement. It consisted of 16 extra pages
14 Each British person puts on an average of 2 or 3 Kg in weight over Christmas Day & Boxing Day. That as a nation is a combined weight of 158,000 tonnes
15 Turkeys have been on earthnine million years, that’s longer than humans
INSPIRATIONAL CHRISTMAS QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Keep calm and sing Christmas songs
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOK
- All The Way Home – by Debi Gliori
- Socks for Santa (George’s Amazing Adventures) by Adam Guillain (Author), Charlotte Guillain (Author),? Lee Wildish (Illustrator)
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOK For 5+ READERS
Winnie and Wilbur: The Santa Surprise (Winnie & Wilbur) by Laura Owen (Author), Korky Paul (Illustrator)
Murder under the Christmas Tree: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season by Cecily Gayford and Arthur Conan Doyle
A RADIO TIMES CHRISTMAS COVER
Thomas & Friends: Annual 2019
Ding Dong! Merrily On High
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
HAPPINESS AT CHRISTMAS IS…
Happiness at Christmas is…being naughty at Christmas and hoping Santa doesn’t find out
IT’S GRANDAD’S CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE OF THE DAY
What goes “Oh, Oh, Oh”? Santa walking backwards
AT CHRISTMAS LOVE IS…
At Christmas Love is…the anticipation
CHRISTMAS TRACK OF THE DAY
Little Drummer Boy – Bob Seger
This version did not chart But Harry Simeone Choral did
Highest Chart Position: No.13 28th February 1959
Also Terry Wogan and various artistes charted with it as a Charity record reaching No.3 20th December 2008
A CHRISTMAS ALBUM
The Goon Show Vol. 15 – The Goons at Christmas Original – Soundtrack The Goons: Spike Milligan Harry Secombe Peter Sellers – BBC Albums
These four Christmas episodes of “The Goon Show”, digitally remastered for this CD, are entitled “Ye Bandit of Sherwood Forest”, “The Mighty Wurlitzer”, “Operation Christmas Duff” and “A Christmas Carol”.
WHAT DAY IS IT?
Tuesday 11th December 2018
International Mountain Day
Have A Bagel Day
Noodle Ring Day
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