FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK ~ Dr. Mike Holloway
December 25, 2016
Merry Christmas, and I hope you enjoy a list of little-known facts about Christmas. (1) All letters in the U.S. that are addressed to Santa Claus are sent to Santa Claus, Indiana! The town was originally named Santa Fe, but when they requested a Post Office, they were told to pick another name because there was already a Santa Fe, IN. That is when they chose the name Santa Claus for their town. (2) In the country of Peru, there exists a Christmas tradition of fist-fighting. If there is an outstanding grudge between two men, young or old, it is settled on Christmas so they can begin the new year with a clean slate. (3) A large part of Sweden’s population have a Christmas tradition of watching Donald Duck cartoons, and have done so since 1960. (4) In 2010, the country of Colombia decorated some of their trees in the jungle with Christmas lights. When a terrorist would walk by the tree, the lights would come on and a banner could be read asking them to lay down their arms. Over three hundred did so and reentered society. (5) Many of the most famous Christmas songs (“I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”, “Winter Wonderland”, etc.) were written by Jewish songwriters. (6) During WW I, an unplanned, informal truce was begun on Christmas morning between the British and the Germans. They exchanged gifts and even played a football game before resuming the fighting on the next day. (7) Nazi Germany tried to transform Christmas into a celebration of the coming of Hitler, with swastikas placed on top of Christmas trees. (8) During WW II, all POWs in Germany were given a deck of playing cards made in America, for Christmas. When they got wet, they revealed an escape route, which was never detected by the Germans. (9) Japan has a Christmas tradition of eating KFC fried chicken, which was begun with an advertising campaign forty years ago. So much chicken is eaten on Christmas, that it requires an order to be placed two months in advance. An even better tradition would be to celebrate the life and teachings of Christ every day of the year instead of just on December 25.