Archive for December 20th, 2009

White House Christmas ornament 2009

Sunday, December 20th, 2009
I’ve just added the 2009 White House Christmas ornament to our family Christmas tree. The ornament represents the first electrical Christmas tree at the White House of Grover Cleveland.

From the White House Historical Society website –

The only president of the United States elected to two non-consecutive terms, Grover Cleveland served as the 22nd president from 1885 to 1889 and as the 24th from 1893 to 1897. The 2009 White House ornament commemorates the 24th presidency and it is the second of two produced in Cleveland’s honor by the White House Historical Association.

This second ornament illustrates the special place of the Christmas tree in the holiday celebrations of President Cleveland’s young family. The central hologram depicts the south façade of the White House after an evening snowfall. The warm glow of the first Christmas tree to be illuminated by electric lights is seen through the tall windows of the second floor Oval Room beyond the center of the columned portico. This softly colored view is based on a modern watercolor rendition

You can find more info at the White House Historical Society website -

Did You Know? Countdown to Christmas 2009 (12/20)

Sunday, December 20th, 2009


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Christmas

Dec 20 : 05 days till Christmas

Did you know that the tradition of sending Christmas cards began during the Victorian period?

A British artist named John Horsely was commissioned by the British Postal Service to design the first-ever Christmas card. His illustrated card featured an inscription familiar today: “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You”.

Did you know that Christmas is the largest card-sending holiday in the United States?

The US Postal Service expects to deliver 16.6 billion letters, packages and cards between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The busiest mailing day is expected to be Monday, Dec. 14, when 839 million cards and letters will be processed, nearly double the average daily volume. The busiest delivery day will be Wednesday, Dec. 16.

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Christmas is the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, and is a central part of the winter holiday season. In Christianity the holiday marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days. And although traditionally a Christian holiday, Christmas is widely celebrated worldwide by many non-Christians.

Popular holiday customs include the playing of seasonal music, gift-giving, the exchange of greeting cards, observing special church celebrations and masses. The display of holiday decorations are common; including Christmas trees, indoor and outdoor lights, garlands, mistletoe, and nativity scenes.

Santa Claus, a popular mythological figure, is also an important part of the celebration and is associated with the bringing of gifts for children.

Join us for a new Did You Know holiday fact each day as we countdown to Christmas. This year Christmas Eve will be celebrated Thursday December 24, Christmas Friday December 25.

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(December 20) Today we're observing. . .  Cathode-Ray Tube Day

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Cathode-Ray Tube Day
Were would we be with out the Cathode-Ray Tube? No old school computer monitors! No video monitors and TVs! Oh the horror!

So give a shout-out today to the developers that brought us the world, long before the LCD and plasma screens of today.

Photo Credit: via Flickr.

2009 Video Advent Calendar: December 20th

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

A Holiday Video Countdown to Christmas – Day 20

"Hall & Oates singing Jingle Bell Rock"

December 20, 2009: 05 Days Till Christmas

You can check out a new holiday video each day right here or check out our Advent Calendar each day.

link: Advent Calendar on the Net

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