Tuesday December 19th 2006, 11:00 pm

Did you know that in 1647 the English Parliament abolished Christmas. The ban on the festivities was lifted in 1660 when the Puritan leader, Oliver Cromwell, lost power.

The first Christmas was celebrated on December 25, AD 336 in Rome.

Many of the traditions associated with Christmas such as giving gifts, singing carols and decorating the tree, date back to older religions.

Nova Scotia leads the world in exporting lobster, blueberries and Christmas trees.

There are 364 gifts in the “Twelve Days of Christmas”.

“Jingle Bells” was written for Thanksgiving. It was composed in 1857 by James Pierpoint and was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh”.

If I don’t get back to writting anything until after December 25, I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas. I plan on putting pictures of our Christmas here as soon as I take them in the days before and after Christmas day. I hope to hear from Jimmy in Thailand on Christmas and Carolyn, Jim and I will talk to Joan on Christmas Day.

Merry Christmas from Nova Scotia,