Some find the Spirit of Christmas under the tree and others find it in their hearts.
Just remember in December, that love weighs more than gold!
On a wet and windy Wednesday evening, members of Inner Wheel Warsop braved the weather to attend their Christmas meeting. Not a traditional meeting by the Clubs usual standards, the December meeting is a time to sit, chat, eat and be merry; there is no agenda, no speaker and no time limit to how long people stay and have fun with their Inner Wheel Club friends.
The room at 281 looked wonderful and we were lucky to have been given the room to ourselves. President Ruth made up little organza bags entitled Inner Wheel Survival kit. Each bag contained:
– a penny for your thoughts, and to remind you that you are valued.
– a jigsaw piece because you are part of a bigger picture
– cotton buds to ensure you are a good listener
– a miniature bauble filled with stars, to say that friends are like stars, there, but you can’t always see them
– a chocolate to remind you that your life is sweet
– a tea bag….to have a drink on President Ruth
On This Day: 5th December
On Wednesday 5th December it will be the Clubs 46th year of celebrating together. For our web post we thought it might be fun to look what was happening on this day in history:
1697 The first Sunday service was held in the new St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
1830 The birth of Christina Georgina Rossetti, the English poet who wrote the words of the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter.
1952 The Great Smog. A cold fog descended on London, combining with air pollution and killed at least 12,000 in the weeks and months that followed.
1956 Miss Rose Heilbron QC was appointed Recorder of Burnley to become Britain’s first woman judge.
1970, ‘Amazing Grace’ by Judy Collins entered the UK singles chart for the first of eight times, it spent a total of 67 weeks on the chart never making the No.1 position.
1987, Belinda Carlisle went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Heaven Is a Place on Earth’. The promotional video was directed by Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton.
1989 Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher defeated Sir Anthony Meyer in the first challenge to her leadership of the Conservative Party.
2011, After spending 45 weeks at the top end of the UK charts, singer Adele’s second album ‘21’ become the biggest selling LP in Britain this century, surpassing the late Amy Winehouse’s 2006 LP ‘Back to Black’.
2018 Members of Inner Wheel Warsop met to celebrate another year of fun and friendship, at 281 Restaurant and Rooms.
Have you ever wondered why we don’t wish people a Festive Christmas and a Merry New Year?
It is believed that this greeting dates back to 1534 in London, written in a note to Henry VIII’s Chrief Minister Thomas Cromwell. It was also recorded in the 16th century English carol ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’.
It wasn’t until around 1843 that the saying picked up momentum when Charlies Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was published and the saying also appeared on the first commercially sold Christmas card.
Here are just a few ways to say ‘Merry Christmas’ in other languages:
French: Joyeux Noël
German: Fröhliche Weihnachten
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
Polish: Wesołych Świąt
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Turkish: Mutlu Noeller
12 Fun Facts about Christmas
1. “Jingle Bells” was written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas. “Jingle Bells” was also the first song to be broadcast from space.
2. Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was invented for a US firm’s Christmas promotion in 1938. Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.
3. In Germany, Poland, and Ukraine, finding a spider or a spider’s web on a Christmas tree is believed to be a harbinger of good luck.
4. Santa stretches time like a rubber band, in order to deliver all the gifts in one night. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are 2,106 million children under age 18 in the world. If we assume that each household has on average 2.5 children, Santa would have to make 842 million stops on Christmas Eve, traveling 221 million miles. Given the different time zones, Santa has 36 hours to deliver gifts, therefore his average speed would be approximately 650 miles per second. It is less than the speed of light (therefore, it’s, theoretically, doable but still quite hard for a chubby old man).
5. The first artificial Christmas Tree wasn’t a tree at all. It was created out of goose feathers that were dyed green. It was developed in Germany in the 19th century, due to a major continuous deforestation.
6. Iceland has 13 Santas and an old lady who kidnaps children. Christmas in Iceland is a colorful fusion of religion, fairy tales and folklore. Instead of one Santa, the kids are visited by 13 Yule Lads that either reward children for good behavior or punish them if they were naughty.
7. In Germany, Heiligabend, or Christmas Eve, is said to be a magical time when the pure in heart can hear animals talking. They can also see that rivers turn into wine, Christmas tree blossoms bear fruit, mountains open, revealing gems hidden inside and bell ringing can be heard from the bottom of the sea.
8. Currently 370 million mince pies sold in the UK over the Christmas period annually, with the average Brit eating 27 mince piece each.
9. It’s technically illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day in England. In the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas pudding, mince pies and anything to do with gluttony. The law has never been rescinded.
10. Hanging stockings out comes from the Dutch custom of leaving shoes packed with food for St Nicholas’s donkeys. He would leave small gifts in return.
11. Robins on cards started as a joke 150 years ago when postmen wore red tunics and were named after them.
12. The Star of Bethlehem – the one the wise men followed to find the little baby Jesus – was probably a comet, or Uranus (stop sniggering at the back).
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
From all the members of the Inner Wheel Club of Warsop