I was clearing out my old Christmas 2000 CDs, when I found this old festive presentation. When you click on various parts of the picture, a Christmas Tree appears. As you click in more elements
presentation, so candles and Christmas presents appear.
Please note, you have to download the presentation to see the full effect. These are two static files, however, there is a free download file underneath my still pictures.
The indoor Christmas scene follows the same idea as the first animated Christmas card, you click on elements on the Christmas tree, and angels, lights and presents appear. Once again, you have to download the file
to see the effect. The above are merely static pictures showing two of the many stages.
We wish that we could get more of this type of presentation. We would be happy to give credit and links to the source sites.
These arrived in England in the 1830's and became enormously popular when Price Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, took a tree to Windsor Castle in 1841. It is thought that the first tree to be decorated
with lights was in 1882 when the vice-president of the Thomas Edison Electric Company, E. Johnson, strung together small light bulbs on his tree.
The Christmas card has arrived at its destination some 33 years after it
was posted reports the Scotsman newspaper.
Staff at Kirkton Community Centre in Dundee received the card, which had a 3p stamp and was postmarked Kilmarnock, 20 December, 1973.
The Christmas card was sent to Robert
Stevenson, a former employee, who left in the 1970's to go on a round-the-world trip.
The first card was designed by John Callcott Horsley in 1840. He was an artist
from London. The first 1000
Christmas cards went on sale in 1843 for the equivalent of 5p each.
Question: What did the
Christmas card say to
Answer: Stick with me and we'll go places!
THE Traditional Christmas Card
Stephen and Glynis Woolner first sent each other Christmas cards way back in
1978 and they have continued to send the same cards to each other for the last 29 years. Every year they pack the cards away with their decorations and then resurrect them the following year. It all started as
a joke when Stephen decided to give it to Glynis his again and she had decided to do the same and now they do it every year.
Each year they write a new message on the card. Glynis told The Sun newspaper,
'We are going to have to glue a sheet of paper in so we can carry on. Friends come round and say 'Not those old cards again', but we love it. If he bought me a brand new card now I wouldn't accept it.'
This is the very first commercially produced
Christmas card. It was drawn in 1843 by John Calcott Horsley of Torquay, England, at
the request of Sir Henry Cole.
The first Christmas greeting by SMS was a simple 'Merry
The most expensive Christmas card was sold at an auction in England in
2001 for £20,000, approximately $40,000 USD. The card was from 1843.
President Eisenhower issued the first official White House Christmas card in
1953. By the year 1961, the White House was sending out 2000 cards. By 2008,
that number will have risen to over 1.6 million.
Only one in 100
Christmas cards sold in Britain in 2006 contained any religious imagery or
message, a recent survey has shown.
'Merry Christmas' is the greeting
preferred by 53% of Americans; 21% of people like 'Happy Holidays' and only
12% like 'Season's Greetings'.
In 2004, the German post office gave away
20 million scented stickers free to make Christmas cards smell like a fir
Christmas tree, cinnamon, gingerbread, or a honey-wax candle.
household in America will mail 28 Christmas cards each year and see 28 eight
cards return in their place.
As early as 1822, the postmaster in
Washington, D.C. was worried by the amount of extra mail at Christmas time.
His preferred solution to the problem was to limit by law the number of
cards a person could send. Even though commercial cards were not available
at that time, people were already sending so many home-made cards that
sixteen extra postmen had to be hired in the city.
During the Christmas
buying season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every
minute in the USA.
The first Christmas stamp was released in Canada in 1898 and
not Austria in 1937 as some claim.
The first Christmas card was created in
England on December 9, 1842.
The poinsettia, traditionally an American
Christmas flower, originally grew in Mexico; where it was known as the
"Flower of the Holy Night". It was first brought to America by Joel Poinsett
The traditional flaming Christmas pudding dates back to 1670 in
England, and was derived from an earlier form of stiffened plum porridge.
Christmas became a national holiday in America on June, 26, 1870.
twelve days of Christmas are the days between Christmas Day and Epiphany
[6th of January] and represent the length of time it took for the wise men
from the East to visit the manger of Jesus after his birth.
tree displayed in Trafalgar square in London is an annual gift to the UK
from Norway since 1947. The Norwegian spruce given is a token of
appreciation of British friendship during World War II from the Norwegian
English Puritan leader Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas between
1647 and 1660 because he believed such celebrations were immoral for the
holiest day of the year.
Every year, house decorations get more
outrageous. Here is another download of the best or worst of this genre, depending on whether or not you live next door to the featured house. This is just a video, be warned it does go on for quite