Archive for December 21st, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Christmas 2009 (12/21)

Monday, December 21st, 2009


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Christmas

Dec 21 : 04 days till Christmas

Did you know that Rudolph and the rest of Santa’s reindeer are very much a modern addition to Christmas tradition?

The legend of Santa’s reindeer began in the famous poem, “The Night Before Christmas.” Written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1822, it introduced the notion of Santa’s sleigh being magically pulled by eight mythical reindeer.

Did you know that there is no Rudolph, the most famous of all the reindeer, in Moore’s poem?

Rudolph wasn’t born until more than a century later. In 1939 the Montgomery Ward company wanted to give away a Christmas booklet as a promotional gimmick. The store tapped one of its best copywriters, Robert L. May, to author the booklet. His vision led him to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, an underdog champion outcast for his glowing red nose. Printed in 1939, the booklet reached a distribution of more than 2.4 million copies through nationwide Montgomery Ward stores. By 1946, more than 6 million copies of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer had been given out.

In 1949, Gene Autry recorded the musical version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer which went on to become the second best-selling song of all time (“White Christmas” is #1). And a special place for Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer in America’s Christmas culture was codified in 1964, when an animated version of the story was telecast for the first time. That beloved show has been aired every year since, making it one of the top Christmas shows of all time.

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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Did You Know? Countdown to Kwanzaa 2009 (12/21)

Monday, December 21st, 2009


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Kwanzaa

Dec 21 : 05 days till Kwanzaa

Did you know that Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history?

Did you know that 2009 will mark the 43rd celebration of Kwanzaa?

The holiday was developed in 1966 by activist Dr. Maulana Karenga to celebrate African American culture.

Did you know that as many as 18 million African Americans will celebrate Kwanzaa this year?

Kwanzaa is a 7 day festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history. It is a time of celebration, community gathering, and reflection. A time of endings and beginnings. Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and continues until New Years Day, January 1st.

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And a Google Holidays to You All

Monday, December 21st, 2009


Looks like Google is planning a week of holiday logos in honor of Christmas. Referred to as “Google doodles”, the holiday logos have been a long time highlight of web holiday celebrations.  But usually they were one-off things – appearing on the day of the holiday. But recently Google started a new tradition by running a series of Sesame Street related logos as a week long countdown to Sesame Streets 40th anniversary back in November.And now it looks like we’ll be getting another week of holiday “Google doodle” gifties as Christmas approaches.

Today’s logo features a holiday postcard. Clicking on the logo brings you to a page showing logo #1 and “Happy Holidays” in numerous languages and hinting that logo #2 is still to come.

In the meantime Yahoo has had a series of holiday related logos already running at least since last week. Today their logo features a skating reindeer.

(December 21) Today we're observing. . .  Humbug Day

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Humbug Day
Yes we’ve all got one – someone we know and love who is just such a seasonal grouch! Moaning and groaning about everything.

Well today’s their day to moan and groan even louder. Oh lucky us!?!

photo credit: via flickr

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2009 Video Advent Calendar: December 21st

Monday, December 21st, 2009

A Holiday Video Countdown to Christmas – Day 21

"All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey"

December 21, 2009: 04 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

(December 21) Today we're celebrating. . .  Winter

Monday, December 21st, 2009


When it snows, ain’t it thrilling,
Though your nose gets a chilling
We’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way,
Walking in a winter wonderland

Snow. Cold. Shovels. Mittens. Wet Feet. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.

Winter arrives at 12:47 PM EST.

(And for those lucky souls living in the Southern Hemisphere – its the Summertime, Summertime, Sum, Sum, Summertime, Summmertiiiiime!)

photo credit: khalid via flickr

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