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Old 12-24-2007, 11:59 AM   #1
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Ponderable Christmas "Facts"

Saint Nicholas of Myra, the original Santa Claus, was the patron saint of children, thieves and pawnbrokers.

Based on previous surveys, 17 percent of you will embarrass yourselves in some way at your office Christmas party.

A Mongolian wild ass can run 8 mph faster than a reindeer.

It's Donder, not Donner.

Christmas pudding should be stirred from east to west.

56 percent of Americans sing holiday carols to their pets.

53 percent of Americans plan to "re-gift" this year.

1 in 3 men will wait until Christmas Eve to finish their shopping.

1 in 6 men would like to get rid of all the "gift-giving nonsense."

A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.

On Christmas Eve in 2001, the Bethlehem Hotel had 208 of its 210 rooms free.

It's "God rest ye merry, gentlemen," not "God rest ye, merry gentlemen."

There are 1.76 billion candy canes produced every year.

Kris Kringel, a man in his 40s, lives in North Pole, Alaska, and delivers pizzas for a living. He drives a 1984 Ford Tempo.

Based on a 1999 estimated population count of North America and Europe, on Christmas Eve of that year Santa Claus had to visit 42,466,666 homes in a 12-hour period -- that's 983 homes per second.
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Old 12-24-2007, 02:22 PM   #2
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Santa Claus had to visit 42,466,666 homes in a 12-hour period -- that's 983 homes per second.
finally a logical explanation as to why nobody actually sees (the real) santa. also why all the cookies in my house keep quickly disappearing.
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Saint Nicholas of Myra, the original Santa Claus, was the patron saint of children, thieves and pawnbrokers.
The name of the church in my part of the swamp(went in Katrina) - my Sister attended when she visited us. I'm not Catholic - but I may become a Pats fan after the Saint's game against Philly yesterday.

Sooo - who is the patron Saint of lost causes - being a Saint's fan AND one of my items for tomorrow's Christmas dinner(should I find one) is lemon creme pie for the kids who don't like pumkin.

heh heh heh - I will look tomorrow - not today!

P.S. 8 inches of snow yesterday - white Christmas.
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Old 12-24-2007, 07:45 PM   #4
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Saint Nicholas of Myra, the original Santa Claus, was the patron saint of children, thieves and pawnbrokers.
So, he was the patron saint of my buddy's kids! They used to steal his band equipment and instruments and haul them to the pawn shop to get dope money.

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53 percent of Americans plan to "re-gift" this year.
My neighbor's relatives brought him a sh*t load of Christmas cookies and candies yesterday. 15 minutes later, our doorbell rang.....he 're-gifted' them all to us!!! I LOVE re-gifted stuff!!!

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1 in 3 men will wait until Christmas Eve to finish their shopping.
Been there....do that! Did it today! Went to the local tombstone shop, and bought my Mom a statue for the garden....St. Fiacre. "He is most renowned as the patron saint of growing food and medicinal plants, sometimes more broadly referred to as simply gardening." (Wikipedia)

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A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.
We came close......our Christmas Eve dinner was home-made bratwurst on rolls with horseradish mustard! (part of the 1/2 pig I won a couple of weeks ago) (bratwurst.....made up of everything but the oink!)
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Sooo - who is the patron Saint of lost causes
I believe that would be St. Jude Thaddeus
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1 in 6 men would like to get rid of all the "gift-giving nonsense."
Christmas was illegal in England for 200 years. I suspect that some would vote for that today.
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Christmas was illegal in England for 200 years. I suspect that some would vote for that today.
There are some Christian groups that consider Christmas satanic.
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