Did you know that Christmas was not actually accepted in the United States until the early 1800s. And Franklin Pierce was the first US President to place a Christmas tree in the White House back in the mid 1850’s. I wonder if he had a cat or a dog or both to share his new holiday scene? This day that is celebrated around the world was not recognized in the United States until the 1830’s.
Did you know that the ‘X’ in Xmas actually is the Greek letter ‘chi’ used by Christian scholars as an abbreviation for Christ’s name. I now feel better using that acronym!
And, Christmas trees were lit by candles clear up until the 20th century…maybe the start of the ‘fire department’?! However, eggnog goes all the way back to Captain John Smith’s Jamestown Settlement in the 1600’s. Our pilgrims knew what they were doing.
We have two places in America named after Santa: Santa Claus in Indiana and Santa in Idaho. Also 50 states do grow Christmas trees and the average tree takes 15 years to grow before it is up for sale.
The name “Santa Claus” or “St. Nicholas” in Dutch became Sint-Niklaas or Sinter Klaas…so closing in on “Santa Claus”. “Christmas” comes from the old English “Cristes maesse”. “Noel” is from a French phrase meaning ‘the good news’ – “les bonnes nouvelles”.
If you want more fun Christmas facts, you can find 100 of them here: The Fact Site.
Funny Animal Videos
And here is a fun penguin video: https://biggeekdad.com/2018/10/jinjing-the-penguin/.
Next a couple of great cat and dog videos: From Big Geek Daddy on the best pets of the month: https://biggeekdad.com/2021/10/best-pets-of-the-month-16/ – and the cat kingdom: https://biggeekdad.com/2021/11/the-cat-kingdom/,
More on our pets next week. Wishing you an enjoyable Holiday Season with your family and friends.
Before you go take a look at “Curious Facts about Cats and Dogs” .
And on some Christmas ideas see: “Great Natural USA Products for your Pet’s Christmas”.
Pet Food Recall Notices
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