Sunday, November 18, 2012

Family Holiday Traditions in the USA - Little Known Fun Facts and Trivia

Here at Footsteps Clothing this is our very favorite time of year. We have the privilege and honor of talking with so many people around the country (and around the world) about their family holiday traditions. Usually we are helping these families select Matching Christmas Pajamas for the adults in their family with matching or coordinating childrens playwear outfits. We also get to hear about the many various ways families are spending their holidays together and the fun and special traditions that they follow year after year. Every family celebrates in their own unique way with their own twists on tradition. But traditions start somewhere, often very basic. As we Americans tend to do, we have added our own twist to holiday traditions that originally began long before we arrived in America.

** Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational and entertainment purposes. Footsteps Clothing sells pajamas in adult sizes only and does NOT sell pajamas in childrens sizes. All outfits in childrens sizes are designed as playwear and not intended for sleeping activities.

Please enjoy these little known facts about our very own holiday traditions here in the United States:

·         Each year 30-35 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States

·         Christmas Trees are sold in every states including Alaska and Hawaii

·         Christmas trees are grown about 15 years before being sold

·         The Salvation Army has been sending Santa Claus-clad donation collectors into the streets since the 1890s.

·         The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas

·         St. Nicholas made his first inroads into American popular culture towards the end of the 18th century

·         The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick's Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas).

·         Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was born over a hundred years after his eight flying counterparts. The red-nosed wonder was the creation of Robert L. May, a copywriter at the Montgomery Ward department store.

·         A favorite holiday tradition of the Moravians in Old Salem North Carolina was the Love Feast where families gathered around the fire and enjoyed coffee and hot buns. Children received a special gift of a candle with a verse that they were to read the following year

·         The First candy cane was invented in 1670 to keep children quiet during church services

·         The first gingerbread cookies were simple mixtures of honey, ginger and breadcrumbs

·         The gingerbread house traditions became popular in the US after the story of Hansel and Grettel was published

·         Gingerbread cookies were often enjoyed with hot apple cider as they are today. Although the cookies were prepared and tasted much different than the y do today, the ginger root was the main spice and grown locally

·         Christmas wasn't declared a federal holiday until June 26, 1870.

·         From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was outlawed in Boston, and law-breakers were fined five shillings.

·         The first eggnog made in the United States was consumed in Captain John Smith's 1607 Jamestown settlement.

·         Construction workers started the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition in 1931

As for our favorite holiday tradition of ChristmasPajamas for the Whole Family, there is no official origin recorded. However, we have spoken to grandmothers and great-grandmothers buying our matching holiday pajamas who remember their own grandmothers making matching pjs for the family! So this tradition has been around a while. In recent years it has become more and more popular and families are giving out their matching pjs anytime between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Some as early as August to prepare for the family Christmas Card. Enjoy your holiday and your family this year and every year!