More Holiday Trivia

** In 1551, Great Britain passed The Holy Days and Fasting Act, which required all British citizens to attend church services on Christmas day. The law still exists on the books. In addition, it requires that no vehicle should used to travel to the church services.
** The month of January is named for the god Janus. He is the one with two faces: one looking forward and one looking backward. “Janus” comes from the Latin word, meaning “door.”
** The Chinese New Year falls somewhere between January 21 and February 21. It occurs on the new moon of the first lunar month. One of twelve animals and five elements symbolize each year. Combinations of animals and elements cycle through 60 years before repeating. This is the most important day holiday in China.
** Tchaikovsky wrote “The Nutcracker Suite.” The ballet associated with this music is called “The Nutcracker.”
** Parts of the Christmas tree is edible. The needles are supposedly a good source of Vitamin C. (I will pass on this form of fiber!!)
** Hallmark introduced its first Christmas card in 1915.
** If one lived in Armenia, he would eat fried fish, lettuce, and spinach for his Christmas meal. This supposedly commemorates the meal Mary had the evening before Christ’s birth.
** Celtic and Teutonic peoples thought mistletoe had magical powers: healing wounds and increasing fertility.
** The BBC aired Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas message for 40 years running. It began on December 25, 1957.

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