Other Treats
Chocolate Chip Quick Bread
This quick bread is perfect to serve with a hot cup of cocoa when friends drop by to visit.
Holiday Fun Facts:
  • The "Urn of Fate" is part of the Christmas Eve celebrations in many Italian households. It holds a wrapped present.
  • Christmas caroling began as an old English custom called Wassailing--wishing neighbors a long and healthy life.
  • More than 50,000 people are expected to attend 28 holiday parties at the White House in December 2009.
  • The National Christmas Tree Association gives a Christmas tree to the President and first family every year.
  • Thomas Nast found inspiration for his painting of Santa Claus from Clement C. Moore's "The Night Before Christmas."
  • Six of the trees on display in the White House are live trees that will be planted after the holidays.
  • In Sweden, a common Christmas decoration is the Julbukk, a small figurine of a goat made of straw.
  • The White House will have 780 feet of garland, 27 Christmas trees, 232 wreaths and 412 poinsettias.
  • St. Francis of Assisi introduced the singing of carols to holiday church services.
  • After "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens wrote one Christmas story each year, but none more successful.
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