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Link Friday: The Safe Topics to Discuss During the Holidays Edition

Posted on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Kate

At Pilch & Barnet, we love travel and we love marketing. But we also love being helpful. So this holiday season, we thought we’d provide you with a list of interesting holiday fun facts you can discuss at the dinner table, in lieu of politics, religion, climate change, or you know, anything else that could start a fistfight.

Did you know…

  • A traditional Christmas dinner in Japan is Kentucky Fried Chicken? It is, of course, the result of a clever marketing campaign designed to promote the restaurant when it opened there in 1970.
  • Another fun marketing ploy – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! He came to life in a promotional booklet given out to kids visiting Santa at Montgomery Ward in 1939! (Bonus fun fact – the author considered Rollo and Reginald as names before settling on Rudolph!)
  • One of the first commercially sold artificial Christmas trees was made from toilet brush bristles – it was less flammable and better to hold heavy decorations than its predecessors – trees made from twine or goose feathers dyed green. (Extra points if you mention that Romans are currently angry over the city’s official Christmas tree looking like a sickly toilet brush that happened to cost $57K.)
  • Jingle Bells is actually a Thanksgiving song. The songwriter wrote it for a Thanksgiving performance of a Sunday School class in 1850, but it was so popular, they brought it back for Christmas. (Bonus if you throw in that it’s really about one-horse open-sleigh street races held in Massachusetts and was written in a bar!)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas cost just $76,000 to produce back in 1965 (the modern day equivalent of $590K). Compare that to the 2015 Peanuts Movie which cost $99 MILLION.
  • And if all else fails, bring in Alexa. The Amazon device can play Christmas music, recite “The Night Before Christmas” in its entirety, play Christmas sounds and give you even more fun holiday trivia to keep your gathering, above all else, civil.

Happy holidays!

Link Friday: The 2015 Christmas Edition

Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2015 by Kate

The countdown to Christmas is on – two weeks from today!

Link Friday: The Christmas Edition

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 by Kate

Christmas is just a few days away! Are you ready?

  • If you’re flying, find out if you lucked out or you’re bummed out about your airline choice –here’s a list of the best and worst for Christmas and New Year’s travel.
  • The TSA has softened a bit on its travel restrictions. Click here to read the latest on what you can and can’t bring aboard your holiday flight.
  • Maybe you just wish you were traveling somewhere exotic for Christmas! Daydream away with this list of the best places to spend Christmas.
  • There is one man with more frequent flyer miles than all the rest: Santa. Track him around the world on Christmas Eve here.
  • Last but not least this Christmas, entertain your friends and family with a personalized “Elf Yourself” video! And check out our video starring P&B principals, Lyn and Susanne!

Merry Christmas!