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Christmas Wishes Blog Hop & The Friday Five

Merry Christmas! 

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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  1. thanks for the awesome giveaway and fun blog hop

  2. Ugh, Rafflecopter! LOL I'll just comment here. I didn't know many of those facts you posted. Boy, do I feel enlightened! Have fun on your hop, Allison!!
    sherifredricks @charter .net

  3. Great facts! My fave saint is St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. I pray to him often.

  4. My favourite fact about Christmas is that people seem to be very happy, they smile a lot, they`re polite and friendly to even strangers and ready to help anyone, ready to share and give away. I guess it`s a time when the world really seems a better place :)


  5. Very informative and thought on. Hope you and yours have a good holidays

    raonaid at gmail dot com

  6. Awesome--AWESOME post. I love the info about the dung twig.

  7. thanks for the hop
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  8. I love everything about Christmas especially the music, movies,and giving and receiving presents.Thanks for the great giveaway! Merry Christmas! cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

  9. For my Christmas wish I really want Santa to bring me books, amazon cards(so I can buy books and a new digital camera. And cause I have been really naughty he might leave a sexy Alpha male to help me behave next year! LOL

    Thanks for the giveaway!!


  10. THat was some interesting information, thank you! Christmas as a whole I love, with all its traditions, the carols, food, decorations, everything. Merry Christmas!

  11. I will never look at mistletoe the same way!!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  12. Thanks for all the info love learning new things... As the winter holidays are my favorite due to the lights, family, music, oh and the FOOD lol... I love everything about it especially warm drinks by the fire and suggling with my hubby and boys.

  13. My favorite thing besides family at Christmas are the lights. Love looking at them in the dark. Thank you for the giveaway, the fun facts and for being a part of the hop.


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