Archive for December 18th, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Christmas (12/18)

Saturday, December 18th, 2010


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Christmas

Dec 18 : 07 days till Christmas

Did you know that the tradition of indoor Christmas trees began in Germany?

German Christians would bring an evergreen tree into their homes and decorate it with lit candles. The Christmas tree tradition spread to the rest of Europe thanks to Prince Albert, the German-born husband of Queen Victoria, who decorated the first English Christmas tree at Windsor Castle in 1841.

German immigrants to the United States introduced Americans to the Christmas tree, which was initially met with much skepticism. By the late 1800s, however, the tree had become an accepted and beloved symbol of the Christmas season.

Christmas is the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, and is a central part of the winter holiday season. Although traditionally a Christian holiday, Christmas is widely celebrated worldwide by many non-Christians.

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 Friday December 24, Christmas Saturday December 25.

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2010 Video Advent Calendar: December 18th

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

A Holiday Video Countdown to Christmas – Day 18

"Playing George Winston’s Variations on the Kanon (by Pachelbel)"

December 18, 2010: 07 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 18) Today we’re observing . . .  UN International Migrants Day

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

United Nations International Migrants Day
A day to bring attention to the important contributions migrant workers make, their effect on the global economy and the lack of rights that are afforded these workers.

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