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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Top Ten Christmas Facts

1.) The first postage stamp to commemorate Christmas was issued in Austria in 1937.

2.) In Japan, “Hoteiosho“, who closely relates to Santa Claus, is thought to be an old man who carries a huge sack.

3.) In Hungary, the Christmas meal can’t be served until a twinkling star is seen in the sky.

4.) The first documented use of an evergreen tree in a Christmas celebration was in Riga, Latvia, in the year 1510.

5.) Stille Nacht (Silent Night) was first performed in the Nikolaus-Kirche (Church of St. Nicholas) in Oberndorf, Austria on December 24, 1818.

10.) The first candy cane dates back to 1670 when the choir master at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany bent the sugar-sticks into canes to represent a shepherd’s staff.

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