To ignite the cozy fire of conversation with a dash of trivia and a hint of the holidays, here are some little known Christmas facts that you can whip out on a moments notice and AMAZE anyone! These are not mine, I did not make them up = I found them on so many different websites and they did not even have the origin, but they are so cool, I needed to share them. Enjoy!
- 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- no X-boxes required.
- All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts (That's WAY to many!)
- In Poland, spiders or spider webs are common Christmas trees decorations because according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. In fact, Polish people consider spiders to be symbols of goodness and prosperity at Christmas. (No worries about not taking down your fake webs from halloween then- they do double duty!)
- Santa Claus is based on a real person, St. Nikolas of Myra (also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker, Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna, and Nikolaos of Bari), who lived during the fourth century. Born in Patara (in modern-day Turkey), he is the world’s most popular non-Biblical saint. He is the patron saint of banking, pawnbroking, pirating, butchery, sailing, thievery, orphans, royalty, and New York City. (Who picks what they are the saints of? A pretty odd mix don't you think?)
- President Teddy Roosevelt, an environmentalist, banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1912. (Obviously someone reinstated it, but we have had our fake Christmas tree for over 16 years and it still looks Fabulous!)
- “Bah Humbug” was not Dickens first choice of lines for the famous catchphrase. Originally, it was going to be “Bah Christmas” but he felt it didn’t sound right – good thing he reworked it! He also though Little Larry, Puny Pete & Small Sam were choices before settling on Tiny Tim
- In Syria, Christmas gifts are distributed by one of the Wise Men’s camels
- The word Mistletoe literally means "Dung Twig" because it is spread by the poo of birds. (Ummm gross)
- In Germany, Heiligabend, or Christmas Eve, is said to be a magical time when the pure in heart can hear animals talking (It ALL makes sense now!!)
- There are 13 Santas in Iceland, each leaving a gift for children. They come down from the mountain one by one, starting on December 12 and have names like Spoon Licker, Door Sniffer and Meat Hook . (Yes, I am totally going to Google what these guys look like)
- In the Czech Republic they enjoy dinners of fish soup, eggs and carp. The number of people at the table must be even, or the one without a partner will die next year. (I am glad I am Danish)
Do You feel Enlightened by Holiday Facts?
"Chiropractic treatment has been a success for me. I have received treatment only a few months but I already see substantial progress towards reversing my degenerative condition. I have substantially less numbness in my foot (caused by nerve blockage/herniated disc), which continues to improve. Also, an unexpected benefit is that I feel more alert and clear-headed. I definitely recommend Chiropractic treatment to anyone with and disc problems and to anyone with poor health."--Cheryl
"I knew nothing about Chiropractic when I first started seeing Dr. Trapper. All I knew was that I was having frequent headaches. Chiropractic is so much more than I thought. My life has changed 180 degrees in seven months. I no longer have headaches and feel so at home at Thrive. I love coming in for care. I am so grateful to have stumbled upon Thrive Chiropractic-you have changed my life!"
If you want to live bigger, feel clearer and break the pill popping, we are here for you.
Thank you for a great 2013 and for voting us Best Chiropractor in Durango! It is truly an honor and privilege.