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Did You Know Did World 'War come to a halt for 24 hours in 1914 due to a Christmas truce? By JACK BAGLEY dldyouknowcolumn@gmail.com (This is the first draft of my letter to Santa. You’ll find the finished product on this week’s editorial page.) Dear Santa Claus, First, let me assure you that I have been a good boy this year. A very good boy. Well, maybe not that good. I would go into what I’ve done bad this year, but you being all-knowing, all-seeing, and having those darned elves everywhere already know all about it. . And while I’m on the topic, I hope to get some assurance from you that I will get cred— it for all the good things I’ve done. Last year, you know, we sort of got our wires crossed, and some of the real- ly good things somehow did- n’t make themselves known , to you. I could tell when I looked under the tree Christmas morning. I’m guessing all those letters, telegrams, and e-mails somehow got redi— rected. But I digress. I’d go into what’s on my list for this year, but you know what? I’d chuck it all for just one thing having people enjoy the little trivia fun I provide them every week. Have a safe trip down from the North Pole, and I’ll leave the traditional milk and cookies out for you. Maybe you’ll ;before"§ milk. , On to the trivia this time about Christmas! Love, Jack Did you know Santa Claus has not‘ always been depicted as a “fat jolly old elf”? In the earliest illustrations of St. Nick, he’s often shown as a stern sym- bol of discipline. (In other words, he knows you’ve been naughty.) _ the letters that children write. to Santa actually‘ go somewhere? No, not the ' “Dead Letter Office” or the trash bin. All letters addressed to Santa in the t assy cat) gets the ' at there ' this lyearh , The Hogansville Herald 0 Thursday, December 21, 2017 o Page 5-A United States are sent to the post office in Santa Claus, Indiana. (Think of it as a satel- lite office of the North Pole.) not everyone enjoys Peace on Earth on Christmas? There’s a village in Peru where people use the day to settle their grudges from the year, and they do it by fist fighting. This lets them start the new year off on a clean slate. The practice is called 'I‘akanakuy, and it happens in Chumbivikcas Province near Cuzco. (I guess their Christmas list consists of championship title belts.) Christmas stories around the fire used to fea- ture some pretty scary stuff? In the “olden days,” people shared scary ghost stories on Christmas Eve. The tradition has shifted over the past cen- tury to Halloween. (I can imagine it: “Boo! No pres- ents for you!”) ' you might just have an alternative to the wood chip~ per for your old Christmas tree? There are several zoos around the country that would gladly accept your old tree, which they would use as food for some of their ani- mals. (Sharing the feast, don’t you know.) the best-selling single record in history is a Christmas song? “White Christmas,” composed by Irving Berlin for the movie Holiday Inn, has sold more than 100 million copies. (And I don’t care who else, tries to sing it, Bing Crosby ‘did it best!) Christmas has helped make Sir Paul McCartney a much richer man? His song “Wonderful Christmastime” gets a great deal of radio air- play this time of year, and he rakes in almost half a million dollars annually in royalties. What’s surprising about that is, many critics feel it’s McCartney’s worst song ever. (After all those years of play- ing Christmas music on the radio, I’ve become numbed to all the hoopla about the songs.) . Christmas caused a real problem for the national a Plns Christmas ,V '2 restaurant chain Denny’s? Since most Denny’s are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they were constructed with— out locks on the doors. In 1988, for the first time, Denny’s decided to close on Christmas day. Looking up the restau- rant suddenly became a real problem. (I wonder what they ended .up doing? Armed guards come to mind, but have you ever actually eaten at Denny’s?) three of the most pop- ular Christmas songs of all time were written by people who did not celebrate the hol- iday? “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” and “The Christmas Song” - which you know better as “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” were all written by Jewish people. World War I ground to a halt during Christmas of 1914? During a lull in one of the many interminable bat- tles on Christmas Eve, British soldiers in their trenches heard the Germans across the no—man’s-land singing “Stille Nacht,” the German version of “Silent Night.” The British soldiers joined in, and a truce was called between the two armies for 24 hours. The men emerged from their trench- es, exchanged gifts with each other, and even played a game of soccer. Afterward,‘the bat— tles resumed. people, who .write , “Xmas” for the heliday are not really taking Christ out of Christmas? Bear with me for a moment. The use of the let- ter “X” is actually the use of the Greek letter pronounced “chi,” which is used as an abbreviation for Christ in that language (and is the first let- ter of XpLO'rég, the Greek, spelling of His name). If any- thing, “X” is keeping Christ in Christmas, not taking Him out. (It’s all Greek to me.) your Christmas shop- ping helps the economy? Holiday shopping accounts for up to 1/6 of all retail sales in'the United States. Merry Christmas! Visit At FDR StatePark By ANDY KOBER 0 Saturday, Dec. 30, Fairy House Contest. Photo‘Submltted FAMILY EVENT - A decent telescope can provide hours of family fun, building relation- ships, and creating memories that can last a lifetime. One More Meteo By'ANDY KOBER Just in time for the end of the calendar year comes the Ursids Meteor Shower. Meteors from the show- er were anticipated begin flashing across the sky on Dec. 17 and the shower is" projected to last until Christmas Day. Peak activity is expect— ed during the overnight hours of Dec. 21—22, with best viewing taking place after midnight. The Ursids shower is described as a minor mete- or shower with only about five to ten meteors at peak activity. The shower is caused by particles ‘of dust left the comet 'Iiittle. FOR THOSE of you still shopping for the perfect Christmas gift, consider a telescope. As with anything, qualia ty is ‘often' dependent on price, so spend a bit more and get a good little tele- scope. Telescopes can be found at a variety of retail outlets, . including a number of sports shops, or online. A good telescope can pro- vide years of fun, viewing what is happening in the cos- mos and it might also lead to an interest in astronomy. A telescope might make a great stocking stuffer for Harris County’s premier skywatcher, Ms Lynn, as she looks at the night sky, always seeking Mars, Jupiter and r Shower Ends 2017 *~ Uranus. THE INTERNATIONAL Space State is often visible to those on the Earth’s sur- face. A good app to help you see when the 188 is visible in your area is 138 Detector, and that is also a free app or v i s i t www.spotthestation.nasa.go v and enter your zip code. The NASA website is more accurate regarding the time. When you do spot the space station what you are actual- ly seeing is the reflection of the sun off the station’s solar panels. As always, to view celes- tial events, get away from bright outdoor lights. The staff at FD Roosevelt State Park is hosting a number of Christmas related events, including: 0 Saturday, Dec. 23, 10:45 am, Saddle Up with Santa and enjoy a One-hour horseback ride through the winter woodlands. Bring a picnic lunch with drinks for after the ride. There is a fee of $35 per person and meet at Roosevelt Stabl’e's, along Group Camp Road which is located off Kings Gap Road, just east of the Rock Bridge. Pre-registration required by calling 706—628-7463. 0 Sunday, Dec. 24, look for Santa to visit the Family Campground sometime between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm, with the Visit sponsored by Pine, Mountain Fire Department. Because he is busy that night, Santa will not be able to stop, but firefighters will be giving treats to all the children that come out to see Santa. ' ‘\ Use sturdy, unique and recycled wood to build- ing a Fairy House. Glass, ceramic and metal accents are okay, but no plastic. Nails and glue are allowed. Each hause must have a door and window. Fairy houses must be less 6 than 18 inches high and on a base nolarger than 24 inches by 25 inches. Prizes will be awarded-to adult and child categories. Pre- registration is required and there is an $8 entry fee. Check-in is 11 am with judging at noon and fairy houses to remain on display until 4 pm. To register or for more informa- tion call the park office at 706-663-4858. . These events are open to the public, not just Campers visiting the state park. For more information about any of the pro- grams at the state park, call 706-663-4858.. FD Roosevelt State Park is located in Pine Mountain. . PhotoSubmlttod "' NOTED GEORGIA DOCTOR Noted Georgia native, Dr. Crawford Long, was the first doctor to administer ether as an anesthetic for a woman during childbirth. This Week In American History By ANDY KOBER Here is what happened this week in American History. ‘ 0 Dec. 21..Renowned actor and producer Samuel L. Jackson was born on this date in 1948, in Washington, DC. Jackson was pur- suing a degree in marine biology at Morehouse College in Atlanta, when he dis- covered acting. The rest is hiStory. - Dec. 22. While many are familiar with the Boston Tea Party, only a few are aware of the Greenwich Tea Party that took place in 1774. It was early in the American Revolution, and about a year after the famous party in Boston, that a group of about 40 patriots set fire to a load to tea located in Greenwich, New Jersey. Greenwich is now known as Greenwich Township. Among those patriots was Richard Howell who would go d'h to'become the third governor of. New Jersey. ' ‘ 0 Dec. 23. The revolutionary war was over with the young United States winning its indeperldence from the tyrannical British. On this date in 1783, Gen. George Washington said goodbye to his officers and resigned his commission as Commander in Chief. ' 0 Dec. 24. In the Pacific, Allied forces were still reeling from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. On this day in 1941, American forces retreat to the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. American and Filipino forces would make their final stand before being overswhelmed by the victori- ous Japanese. 0 Dec. 25. Merry Christmas. Not an ’j American event, but along the Western Front, on Christmas Day 1914, during World War I, a series of unofficial truces took place allowing soldier'from all side to celebrate Christmas. The soldiers exchanged sou- venirs, sang Christmas carols, and buried their dead. A monument stands where this actual event took place. 0 Dec. 26. The Dakota War of 1862 ends on this day. The war between the United States and Dakota Indians had started the previous August. The war resulted in the death of 150 Dakota Indians, including 38 that were hanged on this day to end the war. This would be the largest one—day execution in American History. The Dakota War took ' ' place in what is now Minnesota. I 0 Dec. 27. It was a medical first that took , place in 1845 in Jefferson, Georgia. Dr. Crawford Long, who was a Georgia native, becomes the first doctor to administer ether as an anesthetic during childbirth. Crawford Long Hospital, now Emory University, Hospital 'Midtown, was named for Dr. Crawford Long. Incidentally, Dr. Cranord Long was a cousiiiof dentist and gunfighter . . : Dr. John Henry ‘ oc” Holliday. ,