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8 Ways to Sound Smart at Christmas

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Merry Christmas! the Everyday Champions blog will be taking the coming week off to spend time with family and recharge before the new year. I’m not planning on publishing anything new on the site until January.

However, when family gathers it is not the time for an Everyday Champion to check out of the conversation. Here are 8 great conversation starters and Christmas facts that are fun and engaging.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale

 

8 Ways to Sound Smart at Christmas

  1. In Christian circles there is a heightened sensitivity about using terms like, ‘happy holidays’ or ‘Merry Xmas’. This is due to the pressure to secularize the season removing Christ from Christmas. However, did you know that X is the Greek letter “Chi” which is an abbreviation for the word “Christ’?
  2. Will you be sharing the table with a history buff this season? Try this barely remembered fact in history: During Christmas in 1914 (World War I) A truce was called between the UK and Germany forces. Instead of fighting they decorated their shelters, exchanged gifts across ‘no man’s land’ and played a game of football (otherwise known as soccer). I am not sure who won.
  3. A fun fact for children. On Christmas Eve, scientific researchers have calculated that Santa travels at a speed of over 650 miles per hour. In addition, he is capable of visiting over 822 houses per second. Think about that next time you discount Santa’s athletic abilities.
  4. An inspired idea for the environmentalist in the family. The needles from your Christmas tree (provided it is real) are an excellent source of vitamin C. Try recycling your pine needles as tea, or dry them and use as a garnish on salads and soups.
  5. If your family is from Oklahoma get on them about this little fact. Alabama was the first state in the United States to recognize Christmas in 1836. The last state was Oklahoma in 1907.
  6. Wassail is from the Old Norse Ves Heill, meaning “good health.”
  7. Did you receive a lump of coal in your stocking this year? You can thank the Italians for creating that little tradition.
  8. We often think of the French as a bit stubborn towards the United States. However, In 1886 the French people offered the Statue of Liberty as a Christmas present. It remains the largest Christmas gift given. Perhaps they are waiting for us to reciprocate?
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  1. Ed Roden
    Ed Roden12-25-2013

    Just a minor correction, WWI ended in 1918 😉 the truce was. 1914

    • Mark Mathia
      Mark Mathia12-25-2013

      Thanks Ed got it corrected – Merry Christmas! Nice catch by the way.

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