Plain White Shirt: Holidaze Edition


Holidaze LNF*

• Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.

• Americans buy 37.1 million real Christmas trees each year.

• Christmas trees are edible.

• Holly berries are poisonous.

• The modern Christmas custom of displaying a wreath on the front door of one’s house, is borrowed from ancient Rome’s New Year’s celebrations. Romans wished each other “good health” by exchanging branches of evergreens. They called these gifts strenae after Strenia, the goddess of health. It became the custom to bend these branches into a ring and display them on doorways.

• Scott Schwartz, the actor who played Flick in A Christmas Story—you know, the kid that gets his tongue stuck to the flagpole—he’s a porn star now.

• An  estimated 400,000 people become sick each year from eating tainted Christmas leftovers.

• Before settling on the name of Tiny Tim for his character in “A Christmas Carol,” three other names were considered by Charles Dickens. They were Little Larry, Puny Pete, and Small Sam.

*Why LNF? Why Plain White Shirt? Read Rorschach’s Ribs and all will be understood.


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