Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Trivia - Samantha Gentry

Christmas Trivia
Samantha Gentry
A happy holiday season to everyone. My name is Samantha Gentry and I'd like to share some Christmas trivia with you.

Each year 30-35 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States.

From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was outlawed in Boston because it was considered decadent by the Pilgrims who settled there. In contrast, Captain John Smith reported that Christmas was enjoyed by all in the Jamestown settlement.

Christmas wasn't an official holiday in America until June 26, 1870, five years after the end of the Civil War, when Congress declared it a federal holiday.

The first eggnog made in the United States was in 1607 in the Jamestown settlement.

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was created by Robert L. May in 1939 as part of an advertising campaign to help lure customers into the Montgomery Ward department store.

The first tinsel decoration was made from real silver and originally used to reflect light from candles placed on Christmas trees (in the days before electric lights replaced candles). Tinsel came into popularity in 1610 in Germany. Silver was hammered out and cut into thin strips to hang on the tree. Real silver tarnished, so the tinsel rarely lasted more than one season. Silver tinsel was used until the early 1900s and was seen as a status symbol. Today's tinsel is made of PVC. Due to its environmentally unfriendly nature, it has mostly gone out of style.


I'd like to share a bit of OPEN IN PRIVATE by Samantha Gentry, my Christmas book offering currently available from The Wilder Roses (the Scarlet Rose line of erotic romance from The Wild Rose Press. ... cts_id=955

As a personal shopper, Charlene Vance values her professional association with long time client Parker Simmons. But at the meeting to discuss the list for this year's Christmas purchases, she learns that Parker is divorced and the ex-wife is off his list. When lunch leads to dessert between the sheets, Charlene is eager to move their relationship beyond good business and incredible sex.

Parker Simmons doesn't want anything more permanent than what's on the menu for today. But Charlene's enthusiasm to experiment in bed satisfies his darker appetites and suddenly he's craving more. Parker might need her help with holiday gift ideas but he's got his own shopping agenda. On his list? Gifts only for Charlene—to open in private.

I invite you to stop by my website for excerpts from OPEN IN PRIVATE and information on my others books, including my upcoming release, an anthology titled EROTIC ENCOUNTERS.

And then you can check out my blog, a new post every Sunday morning.

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season. And most of all—PEACE ON EARTH.

Samantha Gentry
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Karen Michelle Nutt said...


Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing the tidbits of history. Love to learn about the traditions and where they all began.

Debra St. John said...

Great Christmas trivia. This will be great to print out and share at Christmas dinner on Wednesday! Thanks for sharing them!

Merry Christmas.

Samantha Gentry said...

Karen and Debra: Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed the trivia. Merry Christmas to you and your family.