Answers to the December Newsletter Trivia
True or false: "Jingle Bells" was always intended to be a Christmas song.
Answer: False! The now-classic holiday tune "Jingle Bells" was written in the mid-19th century by James Pierpont while he experienced a bout of homesickness while living in Savannah, GA. Though debated, some believe it was originally written for the Thanksgiving program at his father's church.
Christmas Was Once Illegal
Was Christmas ever outlawed in America?
Answer: Though you may find it surprising, the answer is yes. From 1659 to 1681, the Puritans did not allow Christmas to be celebrated, going so far as to officially outlaw celebrating the date. Christmas wasn't designated a national holiday until almost two centuries later, in 1870.
True or false: George Washington loved eggnog.
Answer: This one is true! The Founding Father even had his own boozy recipe where he forgot to note the number of eggs needed but included the (albeit important) instruction, "Taste frequently."
Do more Americans eat ham or turkey as their main course on Christmas?
Answer: Both. Though sometimes hotly contested whether ham or turkey should take center stage on your Christmas dinner menu, Americans eat roughly the same amount of each protein (in total pounds consumed) during the holidays, according to Time.
Out of every 10 people, how many Americans celebrate Christmas?
Answer: Nine in 10 Americans celebrate Christmas, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, and around 55% consider it a religious holiday, while 33% think of it as more of a cultural celebration.