Christmas is known as a religious Holiday, celebrating the birth of Jesus
Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and waiting for Santa Claus to arrive
December 25th marks the day of Christmas, this day has been a federal Holiday since 1870 in the United States
“A Christmas Carol” is the popular Holiday tale which inspires Christmas to be a time for charity and good will towards humans
Evergreen tree branches are a popular item to decorate with during the Holiday season, they have been using this since the beginning of time. Evergreen was used during winter to remind everyone that green plants would soon grow in the spring time following winter
Evergreen tree’s became the foundation for the initial idea of the Christmas tree. Germans were the first to decorate Christmas trees. They decorated their trees with cookies and lights
Gifts were always given at Christmas time to remind everyone of the gifts given to Jesus at his birth from the Three Wise Men
St. Nicholas founded the idea of Santa Claus. St. Nicholas gave away his money to help the needy. thus becoming a saint and protector of children.
Leaving out stockings for Santa to fill came from a story of a man and his three daughters who he wanted to marry off. He did not have enough money, so St. Nicholas dropped gold down the man’s chimney so that he could marry his daughters off and the gold ended in the daughters stockings that were hung by the fire
The idea of leaving milk and cookies out for Santa started with the Dutch. Dutch children would leave out food and drink for St. Nicholas
The idea of a red suit for Santa Claus was inspired by a 1930’s ad for Coca Cola
The legend of Santa Claus flying in a sleigh came about in 1819
Montgomery Ward, a popular department store, started the idea of Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer. They came up with Rudolph to place and sell him in coloring books
Eggnog comes from the word, “grog” which refers to any drink made with rum
“Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is the most popular Christmas movie
Every year, 3 billion Christmas cards are mailed out in the United States
Did you Know?
- The 3 colors of Christmas?
Red represents holly berries, Santa’s suit and the blood of Christ
Green represents evergreen trees, holly, mistletoe and the sign that spring would soon come
Gold represents the gold star that the 3 wise men followed to find Jesus, the gifts from the wise men to Jesus as well as the sun and light
- The legend of the Yule Log?
The Yule Log is a log that is supposed to burn for the entire 12 days of Christmas. If this happens, it is supposed to bring you good luck for the coming year!
The Yule Log is of course, also a very popular dessert at Christmas time!
- The legend of the Poinsettia?
The Poinsettia is known as the “Flower of the Holy Night”. The flower and leaves of the plant represent the star of Bethlehem.
The red color of the plant represents the blood of Christ.
If the plant is white, this represents the purity of Christ.
December 25-January 5:
1st day of Christmas- Partridge in a Pear Tree- represents Jesus
2nd day of Christmas- Two Turtledoves- represents the Old and New Testaments
3rd day of Christmas- Three French Hens- represents Faith, Hope and Love
4th day of Christmas- Four Calling Birds- represents the four Gospels
5th day of Christmas- Five Gold Rings- First 5 books of the Old Testament
6th day of Christmas- Six Geese a Laying- represents the 6 days of creation
7th day of Christmas- Seven Swans a Swimming- represents the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit- wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear
8th day of Christmas- Eight Maids a Milking- represents the 8 beatitudes of blessings from Jesus
9th day of Christmas- Nine Ladies Dancing- represents the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control
10th day of Christmas- Ten Lords a Leaping- represents the 10 commandments
11th day of Christmas- Eleven Pipers Piping- represents the 11 Faithful Apostles
12th day of Christmas- Twelve Drummers Drumming- represents the 12 points of the Doctrine in the Apostles Creed
New Year’s Eve Fun Facts:
January 1st became known as New Year’s Day, a national Holiday started by Julius Caesar
The most popular New Year’s Eve Resolutions are to lose weight, get organized, spend less money, save more money, stay fit and healthy and to quit smoking
Of all the Americans who make resolutions for the New Year, 45% of those Americans actually stick to their resolutions
Eating leafy greens on New Year’s is supposed to bring prosperity for the coming year
Over 1 million people gather in New York City’s Time Square to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. Today, the New Year’s ball has 2688 crystals, 32000 LED lights, weighs 11875 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter
The popular song, “Auld Lang Syne” is a message to remember all of your loved ones and to keep them close to your heart
It is tradition to kiss your loved ones at midnight to bring good relations with them for the next year
The purpose of celebrating New Year’s is to celebrate the successes of the past year and hopes and dreams for the coming year
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONDER and BLITZEN!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!
~Clement Clarke Moore
Important Dates and Information for the month of December:
Costume Fee’s for upcoming Recital- DUE by December 1st
Studio will be closed December 23rd-January 1st for Christmas Break
Happy Holidays to everyone at Jean Marie Dance Studio! I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Christmas Season!