Or close enough, right? I hope you're here to join me for the Christmas Wishes Hop or just to check out The Friday Five, because you're getting both!
As per the tradition on Friday and a holiday/hop, I'm giving you five fun facts about Christmas. If you stick around and leave a comment + your e-mail address, you could win a prize. Ooo, ooo, what is the fabulous prize, you ask? How about a vintage Coro brooch? It's very Christmasy with it's golden color and big round orament/berry (?) decorations. Apparently they made a great deal of jewelry in a floral theme. Fortunately this one came into my hands and I thought, Christmas gift!
The other prizes you can win on this hop include a Nook Glowlight, a Kindle Paperwhite, and a $90 giftcard to Amazon. Both the e-readers will be loaded with books, so don't forget to visit all the sites on the hop to increase your chances of winning!
On with The Friday Five per 50 Interesting Facts about Christmas:
1) Christmas wasn’t declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870.
2) Norse god Odin is the figure legend bases Santa Claus from. In myth, Odin's horse, Sleipnir had eight legs (is this where we get eight reindeer from?). Odin gave out gifts and punishments to children who left treats for the horse.
3) Quick, name your favorite saint. Is he/she famous for any of the following? Butchery, thievery, sailing, banking, pawnbroking, pirating, orphans, or New York City? No? Well guess who is? Everyone's favorite jolly fat man, Santa Claus is also based on St. Nikolas of Myra or Nikolaos the Wonderworker, Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna, and Nikolaos of Bari from the fourth century. He's the world's oldest known non-Biblical saint. Okaaayyy then.
4) The name mistletoe means little dung twig. It's spread by being "delivered" through bird poo. It's also sacred to the Druids because it's green and bears fruit during the winter. Ah, what's more romantic than kissing under the little dung twig plant?
5) Most of Santa's reindeer have masculine names. Male reindeer shed their antlers during the Christmas season, so they must be really lady reindeer (who retain antlers until spring) or they've made the decision that they don't need any more little reindeer mouths to feed. Castrated reindeer are called steers.
Okay, you made it through that, right?
Now all you have to do is tell me your favorite thing and/or fact about Christmas, put your name and e-mail address in the comment box and you'll be entered for a chance to win this awesome brooch.
Merry Christmas, I hope your holidays are bright!
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