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Of Christmas Trees — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts

Of Christmas Trees — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts
Canada German settlers migrated to Canada from the United States in the 1700s. They brought with them many of the things associated with Christmas we cherish today—Advent calendars, gingerbread houses, cookies—and Christmas trees. When Queen Victoria’s German husband, Prince Albert, put up a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle in 1848, the Christmas tree became a tradition throughout England, the United States, and Canada. Mexico In most Mexican homes the principal holiday adornment is el Nacimiento (Nativity scene). However, a decorated Christmas tree may be incorporated in the Nacimiento or set up elsewhere in the home. As purchase of a natural pine represents a luxury commodity to most Mexican families, the typical arbolito (little tree) is often an artificial one, a bare branch cut from a copal tree (Bursera microphylla) or some type of shrub collected from the countryside. Britain The Norway spruce is the traditional species used to decorate homes in Britain. Related:  World History Classes

How a fake Google news story spread online PR Web issued a retraction of its Google-ICOA post, saying that "even with reasonable safeguards" it was a hoax. Fake news report about Google sheds light on Web news pitfallsPress release saying Web giant bought Wi-Fi company was a hoaxIn rush to publish, many online outlets failed to double-check accuracyNEW: CEO apologizes, promises changes (CNN) -- It was big news in the tech world -- or at least it would have been if it had been true. Google, so the story went, had purchased ICOA, a Wi-Fi provider, for $400 million. But hours later, both companies would deny the story, which PR Web, a site that distributes press releases for a fee, says was planted by someone falsely claiming to represent ICOA. Hoaxes have slipped their way into the public eye for as long as journalism has existed. Long gone are the days when newspapers and the evening TV news were the only game in town -- when reporters had hours, if not days, to sift through a report before sharing it with the masses.

Santa Claus - Christmas Rudolph, “the most famous reindeer of all,” was born over a hundred years after his eight flying counterparts. The red-nosed wonder was the creation of Robert L. May, a copywriter at the Montgomery Ward department store. In 1939, May wrote a Christmas-themed story-poem to help bring holiday traffic into his store. The Father of Electric Christmas Tree Lights For centuries, revelers relied on wax candles to illuminate their Christmas trees. But when Edward Hibberd Johnson introduced electric Christmas tree lights in 1882, he not only added flash and color to a Yuletide tradition, he saved lives in the process. As Christmas approached in the waning days of 1882, Edward Hibberd Johnson joined his fellow New Yorkers in decking the halls. Then as now, Yuletide traditions ran deep, and the 36-year-old once again undertook the annual ritual of decorating the parlor of his Manhattan home with a majestic evergreen. For this particular Christmas season, however, Johnson decided to freshen the cherished holiday tradition with a state-of-the-art innovation—electric lights. Nearly three years had passed since Thomas Edison demonstrated the first practical light bulb, and few people were better acquainted with the emerging electrical technology than Johnson, the Wizard of Menlo Park’s trusted business associate.

You, win the $500M Powerball jackpot? It's not happening Chance of a ticket winning a Powerball jackpot is 1 in 175,223,510You have a better chance of hitting two straight holes in oneA record $550 million Powerball jackpot is up for grabs Wednesday (CNN) -- Last March, when the people of America were drooling at the thought of winning a record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot, we poured an icy bucket of mathematical reality over your head: You weren't going to win. And you didn't. How winning could change your life Now, with a record $550 million Powerball jackpot up for grabs Wednesday, we figured it was a great time to, once again, dash your dreams. Lottery winners' lives ruined Why you keep playing the lottery The chance of a ticket winning a Powerball jackpot is 1 in 175,223,510 (slightly better than the chance of winning a Mega Millions jackpot, which is 1 in 175,711,536). From the Harvard School of Public Health: -- Dying from a bee sting: 1 in 6.1 million. -- Dying from a lightning strike: 1 in 3 million. From U.S. But if you did win ...

History of Christmas - Christmas In Rome, where winters were not as harsh as those in the far north, Saturnalia—a holiday in honor of Saturn, the god of agriculture—was celebrated. Beginning in the week leading up to the winter solstice and continuing for a full month, Saturnalia was a hedonistic time, when food and drink were plentiful and the normal Roman social order was turned upside down. For a month, slaves would become masters. Peasants were in command of the city. Business and schools were closed so that everyone could join in the fun. Also around the time of the winter solstice, Romans observed Juvenalia, a feast honoring the children of Rome. In the early years of Christianity, Easter was the main holiday; the birth of Jesus was not celebrated. By holding Christmas at the same time as traditional winter solstice festivals, church leaders increased the chances that Christmas would be popularly embraced, but gave up the ability to dictate how it was celebrated.

The Gaza Invasion: Will It Destroy Israel's Relationship With Egypt? - Eric Trager The new Egyptian president is torn between the security establishment and the Muslim Brotherhood. Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. (Ahmed Zakot/Reuters) The fact that Israel endured over 800 rocket attacks from Gaza in the past year before commencing yesterday's military operation against Hamas suggests that Jerusalem hoped to avoid the current flare-up. Among other concerns, the Israeli government knew that another Gaza war would ignite the neighboring Egyptian "street," and since Egypt's post-revolutionary government would have to be more responsive to popular sentiments, a downgrade in Israeli-Egyptian relations would be likely. It was therefore unsurprising that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, a former Brotherhood leader, conceded to popular outrage in the wake of "Operation Pillar of Cloud" this week by recalling Egypt's ambassador to Israel. At the moment, Morsi is seemingly being pulled in two directions. This is where Washington comes in.

1119-US-ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS.jpg full 600 Will the Peace Hold Between Egypt and Israel? For Egypt’s neighbor and peace partner, Israel, the drama unfolding in the center of Cairo during the past several weeks has caused considerable consternation. While the two countries have benefited from a peace treaty for more than 32 years, the prevailing atmosphere of uncertainty is unsettling. Now that the announcement has come, and Hosni Mubarak has stepped down, who will succeed him? What role will the Muslim Brotherhood play? Is there a chance a true democracy, currently unknown in the Arab world, can emerge in this most populous of the 22 Arab countries? Observers making bold predictions about Egypt’s immediate future are likely to find their conclusions are based on tenuous analyses, or perhaps just wishful thinking. In Israel, one indication of concern in recent days was Prime Minister Netanyahu’s announcement that the time has come to speed up completion of a fence along the Egyptian-Israeli border.

Egyptian courts suspend work amid protests against Morsi CAIRO – Egypt's two highest appeals courts suspended their work Wednesday to protest presidential decrees that gave the country's Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi nearly absolute powers, state television reported. Judges of the Cassation Court decided in an emergency meeting that they will not return to work until Morsi rescinds his decrees, according to state TV. The country's lower appeals court also decided Wednesday to stop work nationwide. The high court of appeal is led by Mohammed Mumtaz Metwali, who also chairs the Supreme Judiciary Council, which oversees the nation's court system. Members of the council met Morsi on Monday to discuss his decrees. A statement issued later by the presidential palace strongly suggested that the president's explanation of the decrees satisfied the council, but the panel has not publicly commented on the issue. A 52-year-old man died after inhaling tear gas, becoming the second person to die since the protests began last week, Reuters reports.

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