Happy Friday My Lip Smackers! It's time for some CHRISTMAS FACTOIDS for this week's edition of Friday Follies and Fun Facts. There will be shopping, there will be movies, and there will be merriment.
The author of A Christmas Story, James Shepherd has a cameo appearance in the film as a disgruntled department store customer who tells Ralphie to get to the back of the line. Shepherd's Christmas stories originally appeared in Playboy Magazines in 1965 and 1967.....
The "Grinch" singer and voice of Tony the Tiger is a charming man named Thurl Ravenscroft.
Saigon fell the signal for all Americans to evacuate was Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" being played on the radio.
The characters Bert and Ernie on
Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life."
Malls begin decorating the first week in November.
The most popular holiday song played at malls is Jingle Bells.
Malls will spend an average of $20,000 this year on Christmas decorations. (WTF? That's $$ well spent huh?)
72% of malls say that most gift cards are redeemed in January.
Other useless holiday info:
The "Hallelujah Chorus" fits into the Easter portion of Handel's Messiah, not Christmas.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors. (Yes, we can thank good 'ol Leonardo for the ability to spend countless hours with ribbons and paper and the ability to break our backs wrapping gifts.)
The woman who has appeared most on the covers of Time magazine is the Virgin Mary -- ten times.
The number one holiday gift for girls, Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
Well, that's it my sweets. MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH LOVE!