- Aluminum trees were first introduced in 1959. Well received at first, aluminum trees almost fell out of favor entirely in 1965 when Linus and Charlie Brown chose a real tree during their beloved Christmas Special premiere.
- Serious tree decorating began in 1846 when Queen Victoria trimmed a royal tree for her palace.
- Elf on the Shelf, as legend has it is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa manage his naughty and nice lists. Once adopted and given a name, the elf receives its Christmas Magic and can visit Santa nightly at the North Pole to share the day's adventures.
- A Book on Every Bed is a relatively modern tradition first introduced during an interview with historian David McCullough. This Pulitzer Prize-winner suggested the giving of a book each year at Christmas- let your child or loved one wake up with a gift that will far outlast any toy. Just an FYI, my wife got her book early this year - Jane Austen Christmas Letters.
Buon Natale Joyeux Noel
Merry Christmas Feliz Navidad
Vesel Bozic Kellemes karacsonyi unnepeket
Hyvaa joulua Vesele Vianoce
Frohe Weihnacthen and to the many county languages and ethnicities I missed...
'Wishing you a joyous holiday season and hope that 2016 will be your best year ever.'