Summing it Up...

Now, that I'm way on the wrong side of sixty, I feel that being true to self is important. "I yam, what I yam." Kindness and smiles are to be given away. Women are strong. Men are more vulnerable than we believe. Husbands may come and go...but one thing I know for sure is that I will NEVAH live without a corgi or coffee in my life if I can prevent it. Come piles of dog fur or hot water!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

From the Farmer's Almanac...

It's vintage thingie Thursday with Coloradolady. I took the easy route today and posted an informative entry from the Farmer's Almanac which has been around since the days of Ben Franklin.

Christmas Firsts...







THE FIRST American Christmas tree can be credited to a Hessian soldier by the name of Henrick Roddmore, who was captured at the Battle of Bennington in 1776. He then went to work on the farm of Samuel Denslow in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, where for the next 14 years he put up and decorated Christmas trees in the Denslow family home.

The first Christmas tree retail lot was established in 1851 by a Pennsylvanian named Mark Carr, who hauled tow ox sleds loaded with Christmas trees from the Catskill Mountains to the sidewalks of New York City.

The first president to set up a Christmas tree in the White House was Franklin Pierce, and the first president to establish the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House lawn was Calvin Coolidge.

The first American to print and sell Christmas cards was Louis Prang of Roxbury, Massachusetts, who began publishing cards in 1875.

The first department store Santa was James Edgar, who, during Christmas seasons beginning in 1890, would wander about his store (the Boston Store) in Brockton, Massachusetts, dressed as Santa Claus, talking to the children of customers.

11 comments:

Susan said...

Well, I wouldn't have read this if you hadn't posted it. Interesting facts.

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Ja ja, you can thank those of us of German descent for many fun Christmas traditions! LOL!

I love to read about long-ago lore and facts!

April said...

veeeeery interesting. those germans (hey, that's me!) know how to start a good holiday tradition!

Coloradolady said...

REally interesting! Thanks for posting that, how fun. Merry Christmas!!

Jewelgirl said...

I didn't know about any of these,
thanks for the info! Merry Christmas!

Chatty Crone said...

I had no idea. Thanks.

Tanya said...

Fun Facts! I love reading interesting tidbits such as these :)

Merry, merry Christmas to you and yours!!

marian said...

How very interesting..thanks for enlightening us. Have a joyous Christmas & see you in 2009 for more VTT fun :)

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

I sure enjoyed reading these delightful Christmas tree facts!
Thanks so much for sharing--now I can share this info with my grands when we spend the Christmas holiday with them!
May you have a wonderful Christmas!
Blessings to you!
Claudia O.

Dawn said...

I didn't know that!

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