The first day of December and the question is - how many days left in the countdown to Christmas? Here are the answers to yesterday’s brain teasers.
1.) The most commonly used species of evergreen used for Christmas trees in North America is the pine.
False. The Fir (Abies) is the most commonly used species by North Americans. A few reasons why we choose the fir: it has great color, fragrance and needle retention.
2.) Mistletoe is a parasitic plant
True. Mistletoe is a parasitic plant, deriving some or all of its nutrients from another plant. Mistletoe (Phoradendron flavescens) is the species used in North America and is the floral emblem for the state of Oklahoma. However, the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe is a custom said to be derived from Scandinavian origin.
3.) The Poinsettia was named after an American ambassador.
True. This commonly used plant during the holiday season originated from Mexico and was named after John Poinsett, American ambassador of Mexico.
4.) The Christmas tree tradition began in Scandinavia.
False. The tradition began in Germany in the 16th century.
5.) Sugar Plums are the dried candied fruit from the plum tree.
A trick question - the name of this popular holiday candy, the sugar plum is said to be derived from dried prunes (plums). Before chocolate and refined sugar made its way into the Christmas stockings, sugar plums were the popular sweet; a piece of candy made of sugar, dried fruit, nuts and honey shaped in a small round or oval shape to look like a plum.
Stay healthy and happy during the holiday season. This is the time when folks get run down and feel down so to survive the holidays, keep plants and gardening thoughts dancing like sugar plums in your head. The inspirational thought for the day is by Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas. “Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.” Concentrate on the season, not on the gifts and you will find a happier family on Christmas morning.
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