Plain White Shirt: Holidaze Edition

Holidaze LNF*

• If you actually received all of the gifts in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, you would receive 364 presents.

• Although many believe that Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving) is the busiest shopping day of the year, in reality, it is only the fifth busiest day. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are actually the two busiest shopping days of the year.

• In 1649 Oliver Cromwell outlawed Christmas Carols in England.

• The word carol is derived from the old French word caroller which derives from the Latin choraula. This itself was derived from the Greek choraules.

Wassail comes from the Old Norse ves heill—to be of good health. This evolved into the tradition of visiting neighbors on Christmas Eve and drinking to their health—until the Puritans stepped in and tried to ruin everything.

Silent Night was written and originally performed on a guitar.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930’s for a holiday promotion.

• The biggest selling Christmas single of all time is Bing Crosby’s version of White Christmas.

• The song White Christmas was written by Irving Berlin, who was Jewish and never actually celebrated the holiday.

• Vera Ellen, the Barbie Doll looking actress from White Christmas had all of her costumes, down to her robe and sleepwear, specially designed to cover her neck. It was aged beyond her years due to an eating disorder.

Jingle Bells, written by in 1857 by James Pierpont, was originally intended for the Thanksgiving holiday , only later to become one of the most popular Christmas songs…like, ever.

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


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