Did you know… Christmas edition (part 1)

Fun facts from an American classic movie to an American revolutionary hero … how all the different people and cultures helped to formulate what we consider Christmas today….  ENJOY

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Yes at one time the FBI considered this classic propaganda” “From the film’s release in 1946 until 1956, it was listed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as suspected Communist propaganda.”

The FBI Considered ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to Be Communist Propaganda https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/12/fbi-considered-its-wonderful-life-be-communist-propaganda/356455/

and the actual report …
https://ia801003.us.archive.org/29/items/FBI_File_Communist_Infiltration_Motion_Picture_Industry_COMPIC_ALL_EXCERPTS/compic-9a.pdf

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Math and Santa, throw in a rubber band as well

FYI: How Long Would It Take Santa To Deliver Presents To Every Kid On Earth?https://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-12/fyi-how-long-would-it-take-santa-deliver-presents-every-kid-earth

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Ever heard of John Pintard? Well he helped to establish Santa Claus in a young America by making him (St. Nicholas) the patron saint of New York in a 1810 phamphelet. He St. Nicholas by (1810)

“Perhaps his greatest contribution to American society, however, was his role in establishing the modern popular conception of Santa Claus based upon the Dutch legend of Sinterklaas.”

John Pintard
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pintard#cite_note-8

Knickerbocker Santa Claus

https://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/knickerbocker/

 

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and just where did Santa get that flying sled…. well from a Headless Horseman’s mindset, that of Washington Irving in the book: The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sketch_Book_of_Geoffrey_Crayon,_Gent.

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2048

Washington Irving: author of America’s Christmas
https://edsitement.neh.gov/blog/2015/12/21/washington-irving-author-america-s-christmas

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and let us end with eggnog… Do you think it was a recent invention that you buy from the store at Christmas time… .. think again.

Remember Captain John Smith, yes that one back in 1607. He is credited with eggnog in America, and it was far from the concoction we now know. Eggnog then would probably had consisted of a strong ale beaten into eggs, yea ewww is the word. By the time of Washington, eggnog had evolved to close what we see today.

Nothing but nog
https://www.salon.com/2006/12/19/eggnog_history/Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of…Eggnog?

Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of…Eggnog?
http://americanrevolutionblog.blogspot.com/2007/12/yo-ho-ho-and-bottle-ofeggnog.html

George Washington’s Christmas Eggnog
https://www.almanac.com/content/george-washingtons-christmas-eggnog

 

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About jasterling

One part of my life is in the science of anthropology and archaeology where I did comparative work. My other life that I am now pursuing is writing along the lines of fantasy/sci fi fictional writing as my one way to stay sane in this other insane world. Please enjoy the selections you will find in my blog.
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