Santa Clause 'Santa'
Basil the Great, "Saint Basil', Basil of Caesarea
Yule Goat sans Santa
Hello Sailor... you just get in?
True~ Just ax any Russian kid
Huey, Dewey, and the irrepressible Louis
Abrahm, Monachad, and Lasseren
Balthazar, Melchior, and Caspar
Winar, Thoraken, and Zentor
There is no Biblical record of Mary riding on a donkey or any other animal.
According to St Matthew: Mary & Joseph lived in Bethlehem all the while, and the Magi found the couple and Jesus in their home.
According to Matthew: Mary, Joseph and Jesus fled to Egypt, returned to Judea; and fled again to Galilee to the city of Nazareth. Thus Jesus was known as the prophecy fullfiling 'Nazarene'.
The Gospel of St Luke tells us: Joseph and Mary travelled from Galilee to Bethlehem to record themselves in a Roman Census.
The events celebrated in Christian traditions have no basis in the Bible. Such traditions seem to have had their earliest beginnings in the 2nd century.
Count Eric Nollinghammer, Leeds, 1798
Marquis Edwin d' Trollop, Paris, 1818
Randall Numocker Boicce, New York, 1882
Sir Henry Cole, London, 1843
Good King Wenceslas & The Holly & The Ivy are examples of carols straight out of the Middle Ages
Adeste Fidelis came along later in the mid-eighteenth century
Frosty The Snowman was made popular by Burl Ives in 1962
Interestinly, Martin Luther, a famous reformer comes across as a regular fellow by writing carols and recommending they be sung even in church.
Jingle Bells was copyrighted in the United States in 1857
Both Christmas Stamps as well as Christmas Seals are of interest to Philatelists?
Both Christmas Stamps as well as Christmas Seals are used for Postage in many countries.
Sir Henry Cole's first Christmas Card was well received.
Cole increased his output of cards after that first year.
Among other things Wesley was well respected as a writer of Hymns. He is credited with two of the great four Angelican hymns.
Wesley wrote thousands of hymns though not a great many Christmas carols. His hynms are still sung today.
Wesley wrote 'Hark! How All the Welkin Rings'
Today Wesley's famous composition is known as 'Hark! the Herald Angels Sing'
Early Dutch settlers espoused St Nicholas or Sinterklaas' flew to homes in a wagon and he filled stockings hung on the hearth with presents.
In 1821, a New York City printer, one William Gilley published a childern's book containing an anonymous poem mentioning 'Santeclaus'.
Gilley's Santeclaus was the first mention of the gift-giver being hauled around in a sleigh~ pulled by a single reindeer.
In 1823 Clement Clarke Moore's 'A Visit From St Nicholas' or as it has come to be called 'The Night Before Christmas.'
Nast is called the 'Father of the American Cartoonist'
Nast contributed for many years to Harper's Weekly
Nast is credited with giving us the modern image of St Nick
In response to President Lincoln's request Nast drew a cover for Harpers depicting Santa visiting the Union Troops. This cover appeared on 3 January 1863.
Mr Pharcellus assassinated the Gimbel's (Philadelphia) in-store Santa Claus using a Daisy Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass and this thing which tells time built right into the stock. Investigators concluded deeth came with hours of the massive attack.
Mr Church was the newspaper editor that answered Virginia's enquiry.
The 'Virginia Question' so called grew out of the debate as to whether or no Samuel Langhorne Clemens enjoyed a legal monopoly on the term 'Santa Claus'
Mrs Virginia O'Hanlon, now 116 years old, still resides in her childhood home. Virginia still has the Sun delivered to her doorstep daily. She still believes in Santa Claus.
Mormons as a religion actively celebrate Christmas
The non-Christian Japanese celebrate Christmas
Jehova Witnesses attend long solemn sermons on Christmas morning prior to the more merry Christmas celebrations later.
Less than half the population of Lebanon is Christian. The majority are Muslim. Both religions actively celebrate Christmas.
The United Kingdom celebrates a rather extended Christmas season although it is considered bad luck to keep a tree after 6 January
The Pentecostal denominations do not celebrate any religious holiday
Glen Miller's composition 'White Christmas' is credited with being the greatest single ever. Over 50 million copies have been sold worldwide.
Bing Crosby sang the song for the first time publicly on Christmas Day 1941
Crosby starred in the highest grossing film of 1954 'White Christmas'
In 2011, Lady Gaga recorded a version of the song for her holiday television special, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, which was also included as one of four tracks on her holiday EP, A 'Very Gaga Holiday'
Asker contributed his idiotic version of White Christmas in his 'Yuletide Yell'