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Sir Henry Cole decided that he was too busy to write to all of his friends at Christmas. He also knew that he could not omit this every year custom. Not sending a Christmas letter would mean s social faux pas. So he asked John Calcott Horsley, an artist, to design a card for him with a picture on the front and have it printed in hundredths copies. The first Christmas card's inscription read: "merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you." "Merry" was then a spiritual word meaning "blessed," as in "merry old England." Of the original one thousand cards printed for Henry Cole, twelve exist today in private collections.
Just as people send Christmas cards in the West to keep in touch with friends and family, a similar tradition exists in Japan of sending New Year cards (nengajo) to arrive on January 1st. It is customary for businesses to send out these cards to clients and customers too. The bottom of these cards is printed with a lottery number for the New Year Jumbo Lottery (takarakuji) so as well as sending your friends a New Year greeting, you could be sending them a fortune.
In UK people annualy send about 1,8 billions. To cover such ammount it is necessary to cut 200 000 trees. In USA it is even 7 billions cards.
The word Christmas originated as a compound meaning "Christ's Mass". It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes masse, a phrase first recorded in 1038. "Cristes" is from Greek Christos and "masse" is from Latin missa (the holy mass). In Greek, the letter X, is the first letter of Christ, and it, or the similar Roman letter X, has been used as an abbreviation for Christ since the mid-16th century. Hence, Xmas is sometimes used as an abbreviation for Christmas.
European mistletoe, Viscum album, is a poisonous plant that causes acute gastrointestinal problems including stomach pain, and diarrhea along with low pulse.
Santas suit was originally green back when he was known as St Nicholas, he then had a totally different meaning to the Santa Clause we know today. The truth behind the Santa we see in our times came about in the early 1950's and someone we all know very well helped to create this image. It was Coca Cola and her Christmas commercials.
Altgough Santa Claus lives in Greenland and this country is considered as a home of Chirstmas, all christmas trees have to be imported here. Every town in Greenland has an illuminated Christmas tree on a hillside or mountain top, and there are Christmas trees in the majority of private homes. These Christmas trees are transported by ship from Denmark, since trees cannot grow in Greenlands arctic climate. Earlier it was common to make your own tree from driftwood which you then decorated with heather. There are still some people who choose this method, whilst others buy an imported tree.
The life cycle of a Christmas tree from the seed to a 2-metre (7 ft) tree takes, depending on species and treatment in cultivation, between 8 and 12 years.
Each year, 33 to 36 million Christmas trees are produced in America, and 50 to 60 million are produced in Europe.
Artificial trees originated in Germany.
Metal wire trees were covered with goose, turkey, ostrich or swan feathers.
The feathers were often died green to imitate pine needles.
Happy New Year in different languages
Tigrigna RUHUS HADUSH AMET
Galician [NorthWestern Spain]
Hong kong (Cantonese)
Papua New Guinea
Manigong Bagong Taon!
Thai Sawadee Pee Mai