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12 Pieces of Christmas Trivia
1. In 1836, Alabama became the first state to recognize December 25 as a legal holiday. It didn’t become a federal holiday until 1870.

2. Because Christmas trees used to be decorated with real candles, people used to keep water-filled containers near their Christmas tree.

3. Workers in the construction industry are responsible for the tradition of having a Christmas tree on display at Rockefeller Center in New York City. They are credited with placing an undecorated tree at the site in the early 1930s.

4. Since the mid-1960s, The National Christmas Tree Association has donated a Christmas tree to the First Family to decorate the White House.

5. The former Woolworth department store first sold manufactured Christmas tree ornaments in 1880.

6. The first mass-produced Christmas greeting card was printed in Britain in the late 1830s.

7. The use of Xmas for Christmas has been used for hundreds of years and is derived from the Greek word ‘Xristos,’ which means Christ.

8. According to the National Confectioners Association, candy canes were white only (no stripes) for about 200 years. The now-familiar red-and-white stripes first started appearing after 1900.

9. Santa’s wife, Mrs. Claus, was first mentioned in print by the poet Katherine Lee Bates, who wrote a poem called “Goody Santa Claus On A Sleigh Ride” in 1889.

10. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was originally written as a promotional giveaway for Montgomery Ward department stores.

11. The real Saint Nicholas was born in the part of the world that is now known as Turkey.

12. The US Congress was in session on Christmas Day, 1789, the first Christmas to be observed under the country’s new constitution.

In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday.. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.

And, there on television, she said it was ‘exciting…’
Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day…..like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.

The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this:

‘I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.’

‘I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.’

‘I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.’

‘I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life.’

‘I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.’

‘I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back…’

‘I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.’

‘I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.’

‘I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug or just a friendly pat on the back…’

‘I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.’

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’

Please send this to five phenomenal women today… and back to me if you think i’m one also.

If you do, something good will happen: You will boost another woman’s self-esteem.

If you don’t….the elastic will break and your underpants will fall down around your ankles!

Believe me, I didn’t take any chances on MY elastic breaking…..
I share it to a lot of special women I care for.