1. Christmas trees are accepted at some zoos as food for the animals. At the Lake of the Ozarks, Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park in Camdenton is accepting Christmas trees until January 10 to be put into the lake for fish to use as habitats.
2. During World War II, the United States government worked in secret with the Bicycle playing card company. They were making special decks of cards to send as gifts to POWs in Nazi Germany. When the soldiers moistened these cards, pieces of a map were revealed that indicated a precise escape route.
3. One origin story for the Christmas stocking states that there were three sisters that could not afford their dowry, therefore they would not be able to get married. St. Nicholas felt sorry for these girls, so he filled the stockings that were hanging by the fireplace from their laundry with gold so that they did not have to become old maids.
4. The first known artificial Christmas trees were made from different materials than we use today. The Germans made tree-shaped pyramids from wood for some, and they also made others from dyed goose feathers.
5. Scary ghost stories used to be an old Christmas Eve tradition, but that seems to have died out over the past century. Unless, of course, you think having a stranger sneak in at night and wander around the house like in "Twas the Night Before Christmas" is a scary story! We still tell that one every year.
Well, did you know about all that? Now you will have a few interesting conversation starters when things slow down this Christmas. Everyone here at BomBay Boat Rental Company wishes each and every one of you a very merry Christmas. We can't wait to see you all again next spring!
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