An elephant’s skin can be up to 1 inch thick but is so sensitive it can feel a fly landing on it.
- Christmas is an annual Christian holiday held on December 25th celebrating the birth of Jesus.
- The word Christmas originates from the words Christ’s Mass. In old English (first recorded in 1038) it was referred to as Cristesmæsse, which literally means “Christian Mass”.
- December 25 was probably chosen because it coincided with the ancient pagan festival Saturnalia, which celebrated the agricultural god Saturn with partying, gambling, and gift-giving.
- During the auspicious Christmas time many of the pet owners think their pet as human beings. It is noticed that almost 56 percent of Americans sing to their pets.
- The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor.
- “Silent Night” was first sung as part of a church service in Austria. A guitar was used because the church organ was so badly rusted it couldn’t be played.
- “Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978.
- Jingle Bells was originally supposed to be a Thanksgiving song – The song was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont, and was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh”.
- There are 364 gifts mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.
- It is believed that decorating Christmas trees originated in 16th century Germany when Christians would bring decorated trees into their homes.
- Did you ever wonder where X-Mas came from? X means Christ in Greek so to shorten the word Christmas we sometimes use X-Mas.
- Santa Claus comes from St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop living in Turkey in the fourth century AD. St. Nicholas had inherited a great deal of wealth and was known for giving it away to help the needy. When sainted, he became the protector of children.
- The word Noel entered the English language in the late 1300s. It originated from the Latin word “natalis” which means “day of birth”.
- Do you know why we say the Twelve Days of Christmas? It is believed that it took the 3 kings 12 days to find baby Jesus.
- Santa Claus is also known as St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Grandfather Frost and Kris Kringle.
- In Germany they call Santa Kriss Kringle; in Italy they call him Le Befana; in France they call him Pere Noel.
- Christmas is one of the most profitable times of year for many businesses.
- Santa Claus 8 eight reindeer are named: Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donder Blitzen.
- Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New year!
Modern English speakers use the phrase “crocodile tears” to illustrate a display of superficial or false grief, but the saying actually originates from a medieval belief that crocodile shed tears of sadness while they slain and consumed their prey. The myth dates back as far as the 14th century and comes from a book called “The Travels of Sir John Mandeville.” -Source
Rhinorrhea or rhinorrhoea is a condition where the nasal cavity is filled with a significant amount of mucus fluid. The condition, commonly known as a runny nose, occurs relatively frequently. SOURCE
Named Alexandrina Victoria yet known as Victoria, she was the only child of Edward Duke of and Victoria Saxe-Coburg. Her father passed away when she was 1 year old and her domineering mother kept her away from her wicked uncles Kings George and William. She had a protected parental and came to the throne soon after her 18th birthday in 1837.
Name: Queen Victoria
Full Name: Alexandrina Victoria
Born: May 24, 1819 at Kensington Palace
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