by Adam Alexander
Merry Christmas to you and your family! As I type his post, CBS Sunday Morning is on and I am drinking a nice cup of coffee while the family sleeps. I look forward to a wonderful Christmas Eve with church, dinner out, driving around and looking at the Christmas lights. There will be lots of things to do after the kiddos fall asleep and I am trying hard to take every minutes of this day in and enjoy it because I know, someday all too soon, the kiddos will be grown and Christmas Eve will be so different.
Here’s some holiday Fun Facts (Buzzfeed) you might not know:
1) The guy who sings “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” was also the voice of Tony the Tiger. Thurl Ravenscroft voiced the Frosted Flakes mascot from 1953 to 2005, and recorded the “Grinch” in 1966.
2) Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” was used as a coded message during the Vietnam War. It was played over American radio signals in April of 1975 to let U.S. troops know the city of Saigon had been lost. the song “Do You Hear What I Hear” was originally written as a call for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
3) “Dominick the Donkey” has possible ties to the Mafia. Rumor has it, the original studio recording was financed by the Gambino crime family.
4) “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” was originally a marketing ploy. Saks Fifth Avenue commissioned it in 1952 for an ad campaign to sell greeting cards. And they must have sold a lot, because that December it hit #1 on the Billboard charts.
5) “Jingle Bells” was supposed to be a Thanksgiving song. The first title was “One Horse Open Sleigh”. Then after it got popular, they rewrote it so it made sense for Thanksgiving AND Christmas.
BONUS FACT: “Silver Bells” was originally titled, “Tinkle Bells.” They only changed it after one of the writers told his WIFE the title, and she let him know what the word “tinkle” meant.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and really take in the special time that we have. It really is precious and ends all too soon.