7. Stories of Christmas trees
The first artificial Christmas tree were developed in Germany during 19th century, they were made of goose feathers. In 1930’s the Addis Brush Company created the first artificial Christmas brush trees, using toilet brush weaving machinery that made toilet brush. They were less flammable, held heavier duration and were dyed green.
Teddy Roosevelt banned Christmas tree from white house for Environmental reasons. The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510.
6. Rudolph ,the red-nosed reindeer was an Advertising Gimmick
The bright nosed quadruped, the most famous of Santa’s reindeer came to life as a part of commercial promotion. Rudolph was the creation of a man named Robert L May, who worked for Montgomery ward and was asked to create a tale; the stores could give to shoppers as a ‘promotional gimmick’.
Red noses were associated with drinking and drunkards, so May’s Boss initially felt such a symbol wouldn’t be appropriate.Nevertheless, Rudolph still captures the hearts and minds of every generation.
5. Kissing beneath the Mistletoe-‘Dung twig’
Literally mistletoe means ‘Dung Twig’, but the story of mistletoe is magical. The Ancient Greeks considered the plant as aphrodisiac; believed it can heal wounds, increase fertility, bring good luck and ward off evil spirits. The spiritual use of plant, during winter solstice eventually led to kissing tradition.
It makes holiday romance democratic by making everyone equally kissable-friends, strangers and distant cousins. Wander beneath a sprig of mistletoe, be ready to play the fair game to anyone, whose lips are within range,’ kissing beneath the mistletoe’.
4. The thanksgiving song, first song in space-‘Jingle Bells’
People get inside bed with their children or partner on a cold night and enjoy the moment of being together watching several Christmas movies and rejoicing to several Christmas songs. One of the most popular Christmas songs, Jingle Bells was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh” and was written by James Pierpont, somewhere between 1853 and 1857 of Georgia. He composed this song on a thanksgiving program, which he later publicly released the song with new title “Jingle Bells”. It was a great flop, but later it became Christmas hit and it managed to maintain a top 25 most recorded songs.
Jingle Bell also became the very first song to be broadcasted from out of space, on December 16, 1965, when astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra on Gemini 6 radioed mission control, playing harmonica and a set of sleigh bells.