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18 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Christmas

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It's hard to decide which holiday classic to watch first ~ or which one will be most popular with the whole family. But when it comes to the box office, the highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time is How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey


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Marcia M (27)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 12:57 pm
Some very interesting facts about the origins Christmas things. Several I already knew but there were many I didn't know. Thanks for sharing this Carrie.

Roslyn McBride (26)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 3:52 pm
I enjoyed Carrey's movie about the Grinch, I didn't know the story before seeing the movie.

Arild Warud (174)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 2:40 am
Thanks Carrie.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 2:55 am
Thanks Carrie.
Many things concerning Santa Claus are unknown to Europeans as they either stuck with the original (Saint Nicolas = Sinterklaas to the Dutch) or never (re)adopted Santa at all. The Dutch celebrate Sinterklaas on the 5th of December, but for some reason most American sources keep putting it on the 6th.

Athena F (131)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 4:36 am
Knew a lot of them, but had always wondered about X-mas. Good to know. Thank you!

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Thursday December 10, 2015, 4:40 am
A season of love

Julia Cabrera-Woscek (0)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 5:30 am
Cool! I did not know!

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Thursday December 10, 2015, 9:09 am

Angelika Kempter (96)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 11:49 am
Thank you Carrie for sharing

Janet B (0)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 12:47 pm

Mandi T (367)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 1:51 pm
Tks for sharing Carrie

Christeen A (300)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 2:04 pm
Nice share. Thank you.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 2:13 pm
Despite major differences in detail, the "Grinch" is still the same story as "A Christmas Carol.." "Scrooge" and "Grinch" even sound somewhat similar.

The justification for December 25 (please note I do not say this is the real reason!) is that the first day of spring was considered to be the anniversary of the first day of creation (and also the beginning of each year). In those days it fell n March 25. Of course that would be the day that God would send the angel Gabriel to Mary (Annunciation). And, of course, nine moths after that is....

Lona, I think some of the confusion here stems from the fact that December 6 is the official day in the Roman Catholic calendar dedicated to St. Nicholas. The Netherlands, being a secular country, would not care about that. I suspect somewhere in the mists of time the procession and black Peter and all came to be held on the day before, just as today, many people, though of course not all, open presents on Christmas Eve, not Christmas Day. And then the details sort of got lost, as details are wont to do. Of course, this is just a theory - I can't prove it.

Birgit W (160)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 3:07 pm
Thanks for sharing Carrie.

Bonnie Lynn M (1)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 7:03 pm
Thank you

Anne F (17)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 11:45 pm
I'm looking forward to seeing Rare Exports again, the original Santa Clause in a modern fable - it's great!

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday December 11, 2015, 1:34 am
Thank you for the article.

Monika A (94)
Friday December 11, 2015, 1:42 am
St. Claus is called rather St. Nicolas here in Poland. This Day is celebrated on the December 6th, name-day of St. Nicolas. This is a day when St. Nicolas, in Polish: Sw. Mikolaj, is visiting all kids - some children in person during the evening, some secretly during night. This, boys and girls, is how we get an extra day of presents in the Polish calendar. But that’s not all, because the presents we get on Christmas are not from Santa at all :-) allow me to explain.
To begin with, we open our presents on Christmas Eve, not wake up to presents on Christmas Day. And we don’t call them Santa’s presents, but loosely translated, we would call them “The First Star” present, Gwiazdka in Polish. Parents would tell their children to look out the window on Christmas Eve and keep an eye out for the first star, and soon as it appeared, we would run back to the Christmas tree to find it full of presents. It’s not Santa, it’s The First Star.
According to Wikipedia Polish children are some of the most frequent Santa writers in the world. ;-)))

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Kamia T (89)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 2:11 pm
My daughter and I just love spending the day watching old-time holiday cartoons. Takes us back to when all the kids were young LOL.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday December 14, 2015, 12:33 am

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Melania P (123)
Thursday March 17, 2016, 1:02 pm
Awesome post! I love Christmas
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