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.
Thanksgiving is almost here. Let’s talk turkey.
- Did you know that the day before Turkey Day is actually nowhere near the busiest day for flying? It’s the 121st Find out the real busiest here.
- Good news if you’re driving this year. Gas, in some spots (including here in Madison, Wisconsin), is now under $2 a gallon.
- This year’s turkey dinner is expected to be more expensive than ever, thanks to the bird flu. But your costs will still pale in comparison to the $45,000 price tag for Thanksgiving dinner at The Old Homestead Steakhouse in New York City. Did we mention there’s a 2-carat diamond ring stuffed inside the bird? See the other extravagant goodies included.
- Ever wonder which is America’s favorite pie, on this, the holiday of overeating? Find the answer here.
- Huffington Post gave a suggestion on how to broach the subjects of elections, religion and refugees over dinner: don’t. Here instead are 27 things you can discuss instead (that are far less likely to bring your family to fisticuffs).
- If those topics won’t work, consider making one of these nasty Thanksgiving recipes (gravy pizza?!), sure to become a conversation piece (in between the gagging, anyway).
Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us. Are you heading over the river and through the woods this year?
We are officially less than a week from Turkey Day 2014. Have your elastic-waist pants at the ready.
Black Friday is almost upon us. There are those who love the tradition and those who loathe it. Either way, you can’t argue that it’s a force to be reckoned with.
- This year’s Black Friday controversy is the multitude of stores opening on Thanksgiving Day to give shoppers an early deal.
- But is it even worth your time? Huffington Post calls this year’s Black Friday specials “recycled and lame.”
- Become a savvy Black Friday shopper by following this advice.
- If you’re a business owner, take advantage of this annual kick-off to the holiday shopping season through social media.
- Don’t feel like fighting the crowds on Black Friday? Maybe Cyber Monday is more your style. Find out the pros and cons of both here.
- And finally, a comical look at Black Friday “deals” by the ever hilarious publication The Onion.
Prepare your stomachs, Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away! We’re definitely drooling over the Thanksgiving links we found this week.
The stresses of visiting the family, impressing the in-laws or being responsible for a dinner of 30 can really defer you from the joys of the holidays. No matter how you’re spending this Thanksgiving, we hope to help relieve your stress so you can enjoy the holiday’s finer things, like mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
We hope you enjoy your holiday! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!