Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Did you know…?

…the white meat of the turkey was considered the only meat good enough for guests? The dark meat would have been given to the servants.

…that the Twelfth night of Christmas is on January 6th and is called Epiphany?

…it will bring bad luck for the coming year to take down decorations before that day?

…it only took three years after Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879, for Edward H. Johnson, who worked in his company, to have Christmas tree lights  made especially for him?

…it wasn’t until 1903 that Ever-Ready made the first strings of lights, but they were expensive and when one bulb went out, they all did?

…in 1927, General Electric made the smaller bulbs that didn’t get hot and when one went out, the rest stayed lit?

…in America in 1822, the postmaster of Washington, DC, complained that he had to add 16 mailmen at Christmas, just to handle the cards? He wanted the number of cards a person could send to limited by law. “I don’t know what we’ll do, if this keeps on,” he wrote.

…that a wealthy man named Nicholas saved three daughters from being sold into slavery for not having a dowry, by dropping small bags of gold down their chimney? The bags landed in the girls’ stockings, which were drying by the fire. 

…Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday in 1836?

…in 1907, Oklahoma was the last state to declare Christmas a legal holiday?

…for every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 or 3 seedlings are planted in its place?

… that Dawn was still in a turkey coma when they visited the National Museum of the Pacific War, and was therefore unable to properly chronicle and narrate this awesome museum.

…will have more stories to share, but for now is spending time with her in-laws and husband before they all go off and leave her here, alone in Austin?


Oh! And did you also know that Dawn and CGMan wish all of you the happiest, healthiest and wealthiest of New Years? Well, we sure do!


  1. What with the rate that gold is trading at, I wish someone would throw a little bag down my chimney. Happy, happy New Year to you too - 2011 will be an exciting one for you!

  2. Happy New Year, Dawn! Enjoy your family time this week!

  3. Thanks for the new knowledge. One of those tidbits will be a Jeopardy question someday and I'll ahve you to thank for it!

    Happy new year to the two of you!

  4. Same to you guys, Happy New Year. I think you need to teach a class in Christmasology. :)

  5. I only knew 2 of those questions. Enjoy your new year's celebration, smaller groups are better!

    Happy New Year to you!

  6. That postmaster complaining was hilarious. Thanks for the facts!

  7. If you leave the decorations up until Easter, will that bring good luck? Inquiring minds want to know. But then, I'm sure you will come up with a nice blog on things to do or eat on New Year's Day to ward off the evil spirits.

    Happy New Year and wishes that your upcoming adventure is fun and, well, full of adventure of the good kind...

  8. Happy New Year, Dawn. The best to you and your family!

  9. Happy New Year! Keep Austin Weird for me 'til I get back!!

  10. I have a steadfast tradition of eradicating all trace of Christmas decor on January 1st.

  11. Happy New Year to you, too!!! Best wishes for whatever journeys the new year brings you.


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