Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fun Fact's on some of our Favorite Holiday traditions & Sweets!

     Ever wondered "why" on some of the things you do, eat and use during the Holidays?  Well here are some of the answers as found across the internet!

      Candy Cane Facts

The first candy cane was made over 350 years ago.
The original candy cane had a shape different then what we see today, It was straight, all white, and hard.
National candy cane day is celebrates on December 26 in the United States.
The first historical reference in America to the candy cane dates back to 1847. A German immigrant from Wooster, Ohio decorated his Christmas tree with candy canes.
The red and white striped candy canes were first made around 1900.
The traditional candy cane flavor is peppermint, however, it is also made in a variety of other flavors and colored stripes.
Over 1.76 billion candy canes are made each year.
The biggest candy cane ever made was 36 feet 7 inches.
Nearly 2 billion candy canes will be sold in the four weeks before Christmas and Hanukkah.

Christmas Tinsel

      Around 1610, tinsel was first invented in Germany made from genuine silver. Machines were invented that shredded silver into thin tinsel-sized strips. Silver tinsel tarnishes and loses its shine with time, eventually, artificial replacements were invented. The original inventor of tinsel remains unknown.

The History of Christmas Lights

     The tradition of using small candles to light up the Christmas tree dates back to at least the middle of the XVIIth century. However, it took two centuries for the tradition to become widely established first in Germany and soon spreading to Eastern Europe.
      Candles for the tree were glued with melted wax to a tree branch or attached by pins. Around 1890, candleholders were first used for Christmas candles. Between 1902 and 1914, small lanterns and glass balls to hold the candles started to be used.

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