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Monday, December 25, 2017

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Happy Holidays to everyone! It's Christmas and I'm ready to spend some quality time relaxing with family. I wish you all a beautiful holiday season filled with happiness and love.

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."

HINT: (1783-1859), was an American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph's red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.

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Ancient peoples, such as the Druids, considered mistletoe sacred because it remains green and bears fruit during the winter when all other plants appear to die. Druids would cut the plant with golden sickles and never let it touch the ground.

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A Yule log is an enormous log that is typically burned during the Twelve Days of Christmas (December 25-January 6). Some scholars suggest that the word yule means "revolution" or "wheel," which symbolizes the cyclical return of the sun. A burning log or its charred remains is said to offer health, fertility, and luck as well as the ability to ward off evil spirits.

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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 popularnon-Biblical saint, and artists have portrayed him more often than any other saint except Mary.

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Evergreens (from the Old English word aefie meaning "always" and gowan meaning "to grow") have been symbols of eternal life and rebirth since ancient times. The pagan use and worship of evergreen boughs and trees has evolved into the Christianized Christmas tree.

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The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."

ANSWER: Washington Irving.