My 12 Days of Christmas Trivia has come to an end. I’ve had a lot of fun finding little-known facts and trivia about Christmas. I hope you had fun reading them too.
This last bit of Christmas trivia is good to remember all year long since it is health-related. It is estimated that 400,000 people become sick each year from eating tainted Christmas leftovers. I read this on several websites but couldn’t find the actual source to verify it but if you’re like most families, there was lots of food set out during the holidays. Everyone seems to take more time eating holiday meals than regular meals any other day of the year so food sits on the table or counter a lot longer. Then there are the people who like to keep eating all day long so some munchies sit out for hours. But how long should food be left out before it starts to go bad?
This ABC News/Health story explains how to tell if food has gone bad and how long you should keep leftovers. It’s good to remember all year long, not just during the holidays.
My parents have a saying, “When in doubt, throw it out” because it’s better to be safe than sorry. And who would want to get sick between Christmas and New Years just because you ate some bad leftovers or food that set out too long? Even your favorite leftover turkey or stuffing wouldn’t be worth it. And if you’re not sure if it’s spoiled or not, please don’t feed it to your pets either.
Happy New Year to everyone! Eat healthy!
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My aunt sent us this joke before Christmas.
The big question: Are Santa’s reindeer male or female? As the joke goes, apparently all of his reindeer must be female because only women would be able to drag a fat man in a red suit all around the world in just one night and not get lost. Okay, even my dad laughed at that one.
But maybe the joke isn’t that far off – well, at least as far as whether they are male or female. According to the University of Alaska, older male reindeer start shedding their antlers in December but female reindeer keep theirs until they give birth in the spring. So it’s likely that if Santa’s reindeer were males, they would have lost their antlers by Christmas. But since most pictures are drawn with antlers on all of the reindeer, even though they have male names, it’s more likely that Santa’s reindeer were probably female reindeer.
Now, the bigger question. Does it really matter? No, but it makes for a good joke.
Ever thought about eating a Christmas tree? Well, don’t. The needles from certain types of pine trees are actually poisonous although I don’t know why someone would want to try eating one anyway. But you can make a pine needle tea from the Eastern White Pine tree and it’s actually healthy for you because it’s high in vitamin C but I bet it tastes like eating grass.
If you are interested in finding out which trees have pine nuts that are safe to eat, visit Rhora’s Nut Farm and Nursery.
Sources: University of Colorado-Boulder and Survival Topics
Just another little-known trivia to add to my 12 Days of Christmas Trivia. If you missed any of the previous days, scroll down in my blog to catch up.
The top Christmas tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington. Oregon tops the list of Most Trees Harvested, Most Acreage of Tree Farms, and Most Sales of Operations.
In 2008, Oregon Christmas tree growers cut and sold 7.34 million trees with a value of $110.1 million.
More Oregon-grown Christmas trees end up in California than any other state. Guess that makes sense since we’re the closest state with the most people.
For every real Christmas tree harvested, 1 to 3 seedlings are planted the following spring.
Sources: National Christmas Tree Association and National Agriculture Statistics Service
If you’re wondering why I’m still on the 12 Days of Christmas and it’s New Year’s Day, scroll down in my blog to Trivia Day 1. There’s a good reason for this.
When someone says berries, we think of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc and they are all really good to eat. But there are many berries that are poisonous. One of them is the holly berry that we associate with Christmas. Eating more than three holly berries can cause severe and prolonged nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, as well as drowsiness.
According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, each fall they receive about 5 to 10 calls for the poison control center because a child ate some poisonous berry or seed.
Morale of the story: Just because it looks good, doesn’t mean it is good.
If you’re reading this trivia today and wondering why I’m still on the 12 Days of Christmas after Christmas, scroll down in my blog and read Day 1 which explains the 12 Days of Christmas. You can also catch up on the days you missed.