I'm feeling rather silly at the moment so today's blog is going to be all about Christmas jokes, trivia and fun.
I'll start with one for Zoey.
1-If you saw a cat on the beach at Christmas, what would you call it? Sandy Claws!
2- When does New Year’s Day come before Christmas Day? - Every year!
3-: What did Adam say on the day before Christmas?- "It's Christmas, Eve!"
4- What do you get from a cow at the North Pole? -: Ice cream.
5-What does Santa like to do in the garden?- Hoe, hoe, hoe!
6-What kind of candle burns longer, a red candle or a green candle?- Neither, candles always burn shorter!
And now for some trivia:
1-In 1647 the English Parliament under Puritan leader Cromwell actually passed a law banning Christmas.
2- Christmas trees first came into use in northern Europe in the 16th century. The first English tree was set up at Windsor by Charlotte, the wife of George III, in 1800. In North America Christmas trees were noted in both Canada and the United States in the late 18th century.
3. Boxing Day origins go back to medieval times, but became popular in the 17th century. It's the day when servants who had to spend Christmas waiting on others were able to take a holiday and were given gifts by their employers. Today, some honour the tradition by giving to charities or volunteer work, but to many of us it's merely another bank holiday.
4. Our favourite way to mark the coming in of the New Year, aside from the celebratory kiss of course, is to join in a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Robbie Burns, a Scottish poet, wrote the words in 1788. The song was sung on Hogmanay in Scotland and, as Scots traveled the world they brought the tradition with them.
5.The first Christmas card was created in 1843 London- a picture showing a multi-generational family raising glasses in a toast. The idea quickly caught on. Early cards rarely showed religious themes. Instead they were often humorous and pictured children, animals and fairies.
6.Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843. It contained the theme of poverty in the face of riches,especially as related to children, a common thread in his books, Dickens had faced the Poor House as a child. It was immediately acclaimed and has been part of our Christmas culture ever since.
Now I hope you have a smile on your face and feel all ready to tackle writing the Christmas cards, wrapping the presents and baking the shortbread Maybe you even have time to sit with a good book for an hour or so. Prism Books has a nice collection of Christmas stories. Or download one from Amazon for your kindle.