After the holidays, there is a spike of pets being returned to animals shelters due to them being gifted with little thought to the long term responsibilities of pet ownership. wtkr.com/2019/12/24/pets-…
Many Christmas traditions come from the Roman holiday Saturnalia. history.com/topics/ancien…
Scotland banned Christmas for nearly 400 years. It didn’t become a public holiday until 1958. siliconglen.scot/Scotland…
In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as a "Citizen's Holiday". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pub…
61% of Americans dread the holidays due to increased spending. 75% of parents with children under the age of 18 fear disappointing their children during the holidays. fox5ny.com/news/61-percen…
Charles Dickens, who desperate for money, penned the classic holiday tale in six weeks only to sell out within a week. biography.com/news/charle…
In 2015, a radio DJ in Austria barricaded himself into his studio and played Wham's 'Last Christmas' 24 times in a row. He did it as a protest for lack of holiday spirit, and only stopped after his 4-year-old daughter called in to complain. businessinsider.com/radio…
Countries like China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan have Tetraphobia, the fear of the number 4. Chinese people take care not to use the number 4 during important holidays, or if someone in the family is sick. Numbers such as 14, 24, and so on, are not used because they also have the number 4. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
The '12 Days of Christmas' are not the days leading up to the holiday, but rather the 12 days AFTER. In some lore, a witch named Befana brings candy & gifts to kids on January 5th, 'Epiphany Eve,' much like Santa does on Christmas Eve wikipedia.org/wiki/Befana
Newman's Own started out as an inside joke between Paul Newman and friend and writer AE Hotchner, who would tease Newman for calling late at night just to 'talk about salad dressing'. They began making batches for holiday gifts. To date, over $500 million has gone to charities. vanityfair.com/news/2015/…
Today I learned of Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother's Day in 1908. In 1943, she rescinded her support for the holiday due to increased commercialization. However, she was then placed in a Sanitorium for the rest of her life, where her bills were paid by people in the Floral and Greeting Card industries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Bananas coated in mayo and rolled in crushed peanuts are a holiday tradition in Kentucky wfpl.org/bananas-peanuts-…
Christmas was not illegal in the United States until 1836 as some people believe, but was indeed regarded as a pagan holiday. snopes.com/fact-check/chr…
, the author of Mary Had a Little Lamb, Sarah Josepha Hale, is most responsible for the creation of Thanksgiving being a national holiday. time.com/4577082/thanksgi…
Rosehill cottage in "The Holiday" was a fake exterior, built for the film because they couldn't find a cottage close/cheap enough to London hookedonhouses.net/2018/1…
"I'll Be Home For Christmas" is a bout a WW2 soldier who can't make it home for the holiday, which is why the last line is "if only in my dreams." robynnscorner.949starcoun…
Scientologists celebrate several major holidays, including the birthday of L. Ron Hubbard (March 13); the initial publication of Dianetics (May 9); and the anniversary of the maiden voyage of Hubbard's yacht the Freewinds (June 6). scientology.ca/faq/inside…
The Nutcracker was not a holiday staple until after its music was featured in Fantasia interactive.wttw.com/play…
Kwanzaa, a holiday created in the 1960s by a Maryland member of the black power movement, was originally intended to serve as the β€œcultural revolution before the violent revolution.” louisianaweekly.com/kwanz…
In 1571, parliament passed a law requiring all men, except noblemen, to wear wool caps on Sundays and holidays or be fined. This was to protect the wool trade. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Today I Learned Massachusetts banned Christmas in 1681. Not officially recognized as a holiday un 1856. Which marked the Dodransbicentennial (175 year) anniversary on the ban. history.com/.amp/news/whe…
The "Holbrook Holiday" is a creative punishment invented by an Ohio judge. Instead of a standard jail term, he takes a holiday away from the criminal for the next several years by making them report to jail for the holiday abcnews.go.com/US/ohio-ju…
Singles day is a shopping holiday popular among young Chinese people that celebrate their pride in being single. The date, November 11th (11/11), was chosen because the number "1" resembles an individual who is alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Before Thanksgiving was a national holiday, the US celebrated November 25 as Evacuation Day, the day in 1783 when the British Army departed from New York City on Manhattan Island, after the end of the American Revolutionary War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
In Russia the first day of school is called "Knowledge Day" falls on Sept 1st and is a national holiday. Kids and parents celebrate by bringing their kids to school carrying balloons and presents for their teachers, it's especially special for first graders. realrussia.co.uk/Blog/kno…
One of the Beatles #1 singles, "The Ballad of John and Yoko" were recorded with only John and Paul due to George being on a holiday and Ringo filming. When John and Paul played George and Ringo's instruments, they even referred to each other as George (on guitar) and Ringo (on drums). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The lyrics of the 1966 song "We Need a Little Christmas" originally included the line, "But, Auntie Mame, it's one week past Thanksgiving Day now!" which is now omitted, since "Christmas Creep" has resulted in the Holiday Season starting much sooner than in the past. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_…
Russia uses a technique called "Cloud Seeding" to try to prevent rain and snow during important holidays independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Depite the positive impact of Bing Crosby, "I'll Be Home For Christmas" holiday classic, the English government wouldn't release the song to English troops infesr it would hurt morale. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%2…
Victoria, Australia has a public holiday to celebrate the day before a football match and one to celebrate a horse race. publicholidays.com.au/vic…
In a 2019 survey of 18-to-34-year-olds, 37% of respondents said their choice of holiday destination was influenced by social media, and 31% said that posting holiday snaps online was just as important as the holiday itself theguardian.com/travel/20…
In Austria people get 14 pay packets per year. The 13th and 14th are payed in Summer and at Christmas, so you get double pay for the holidays. globalization-partners.co…
Today I learned of Aberfan, a disaster which killed over 100 children the day before their half term holidays. southwalesargus.co.uk/new…
In some US cities, local authorities regulated Trick or Treating by creating a fake holiday called "Beggars Night" to replace Halloween en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beg…
An 1878 dispute between Argentina and Paraguay arbitrated by American President Rutherford Hayes giving Paraguay 60% of its current territory, led to the naming of a province after him (Presidente Hayes Department) and an official holiday (Laudo Hayes Firm Day). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
The scene with aluminium Christmas trees in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is credited with ending the product's popularity as a holiday dedoration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alu…
The city of George, Washington celebrates national holidays such as the Fourth of July, and Washington's Birthday, with cherry pies. The world's largest cherry pie is also baked every year on July 4, and served to a crowd. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In Azerbaijan, if a holiday falls on a weekend, then the next Monday is also a non-working day. This brings the total number of non-working holiday fays in the country to 20+ in one year officeholidays.com/countr…
International Women's Day is a national holiday in Russia abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
Scotland banned Christmas in 1640, and it only became a public holiday in 1958 nts.org.uk/stories/scotti…
War for the Spartans was in some ways a respite from the strict schedule of their everyday lives and was almost seen as a holiday. Physical exercise was less rigorous, they were allowed a regimen less rigid and in the afternoons, they held competitions, sang hymns and recited poetry. nationalgeographic.com/hi…
Australians have an unofficial holiday, Gravy Day (Dec. 21) based on a 1996 Paul Kelly song about a man in jail writing to his family about longing to be with them at Christmas bbc.com/news/world-austra…
In 2015, a British man living in Tokyo dressed up as a fully-lit Christmas tree to spread holiday cheer. The costume used 99 batteries, 100 feet of wiring, and took two months to make. cnn.com/2015/12/22/asia/j…
In 1969, a civil war in Nigeria held a ceasefire for a couple of days to watch a match of Pelé’s Santos. The governor decreted a holiday and opened the city’s bridge without any restrictions so everyone could watch the game. afroballers.com/the-story…
As far as Jewish holidays go, Chanukkah is considered far less significant than other holidays like Yom Kippur or Rosh Hashanah. jewfaq.org/holidayg.htm
Modern appliances, including refrigerators and ovens, have a Sabbath mode. This mode allows the appliances to be used by Shabbat-observant Jews on the Shabbat and Jewish holidays en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sab…
Most "national" holidays are just marketing ploys by agencies to boost sales. They are not recognized by any government whatsoever. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Father's Day was first officially declared a holiday by President Nixon in 1972. thedailymeal.com/holidays…
The Simpsons was originally supposed to end in December 2011 with the series finale episode that eventually aired called "Holidays of Future Passed." theverge.com/2015/5/15/86…
Arizona refused to recognize Martin Luther King Day until 1993. In 1986, the Governor declared it would be recognized as a holiday in 1987. The next Governor repealed the recognition before it went into effect, and Arizona voters voted against making it a holiday in 1990. azlibrary.gov/dazl/learne…

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