Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Things ya didn't know about Christmas
From 1659 to 1681, showcasing one's
holiday spirit in Boston could cost you
a fine of as much as five shillings. That's right
Christmas used to be illegal.
It's somewhat surprising, then,
That the same puritanical minds also created
the first American batch of eggnog at
Captain John Smith's 1607 Jamestown settlement.
(The word nog comes from the word grog;
that is, any drink made with rum.)
Christmas was so inconsequential in early
America that after the Revolutionary War,
Congress didn't even bother taking the day
off to celebrate the holiday, deciding instead to hold
its first session on Christmas Day,
1789. It took almost a century for Congress to
proclaim it a federal holiday.
Thank Prince Albert
and Queen Victoria for our Christmas Trees.
THERE IS HOPE FOR
Five months into the first
World War, troops along
the Western front took a
Christmas Eve break from fighting to sing carols to one
another across the battlefield. The following morning,
German soldiers emerged from the trenches and began
to approach Allied troops while calling out
"Merry Christmas" in English.
Luckily, it wasn't a trick;
dozens of British fighters came out to greet them and
shake hands, some even exchanging cigarettes as gifts.
Later dubbed the Christmas Truce of 1914,
it was one of the last examples of wartime chivalry.
God Bless us all. Merry Christmas.
Posted by Yvonne @ La Petite Gallery Comments are welcome
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