It’s the most wonderful time of the year! December has arrived and Prescott is booming with festivities. Everybody’s hometown is transformed into Arizona’s Christmas town. From the beginning of the month to the end of the year Prescott has something happening on a regular basis. Beginning Saturday December 1 with the 64th annual Christmas Courthouse Lighting, Prescott will celebrate the Holidays through to December 31 with the 8th annual boot drop ringing in the New Year! If you are blessed enough to call Prescott home you know how wonderful this time of year is for us. If you just plan to visit for the holidays, make sure you get out and enjoy all the festivities. And if you are interested in making Prescott your hometown, you can go to Theresadesoto.com to see current home listings, or better yet stop by the BloomTree office on the downtown square in Prescott and ask for Theresa deSoto. I would love to meet you and help you find the perfect home. I am your friendly hometown Realtor and I can help with all your real estate needs, whether buying your new home, selling your current home…..Or Both!
For December, how about a test of your knowledge of Christmas Songs?
Below are ten questions. (Scroll to the bottom of the newsletter for the answers and see how many you get.) Some are pretty hard………..
In the carol, “We three Kings,” which way is the star of wonder and star of light leading them?
In the song “The Little Drummer Boy” kept time. Who accompanied him?
Which Christmas hymn’s second verse begins with “For Christ is born of Mary”?
What song does Lucy ask Schroeder to play on his piano in “A Charlie Brown Christmas”?
Which song begins with “Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!”?
Which song’s second line begins with, “They looked up and saw a star”?
Of all the popular Christmas songs, which is the best-selling single of all time?
Which Christmas hymn’s second verse begins with “O sing, choirs of angels”?
Which hymn’s second verse begins with “Christ by highest heaven adored”?
What Christmas song has the line, “I don’t know if there’ll be snow, but have a cup of cheer?”
(Don’t Worry – The Answers are at the bottom of the page)
“As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather,
it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation,
and people to whom we are worth the same.”
– Donald E. Westlake
Did You Know ….
- Poinsettias were first introduced into this country in 1828 by the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett.
- Hershey’s started wrapping their Kisses in red, green, and silver foil for the first time in 1962.
- In 1949, the tree at Rockefeller Center was strung with 7,500 bulbs. Now more than 25,000 bulbs are strung on the tree – that’s more than 5 miles of lights!
- The first American mention of a Christmas tree was in 1747, and, strictly speaking, it wasn’t a tree at all but a wooden pyramid covered with evergreen boughs and decorated with apples.
- Artificial Christmas trees were on the market by 1900. They were available by mail from Sears, Roebuck and Company, and cost 50 cents for 33 limbs, or a dollar for 55 limbs.
- The first Christmas card, created by a London businessman, was printed in England in 1843.
Prepare To Celebrate These Days …
December 21 . . . Crossword Puzzle Day
December 25 . . . Jesus’s Birthday
December 27 . . . Make Cut out Snowflakes Day
December 31. . . Make up Your Mind Day
** TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE **
December 1, 1887
What was the name of Sherlock Holmes 1st piece to appear in print?
A: “A Study in Scarlet.”
December 7, 1836
What was the 7th President Martin Van Buren famous?
A: He was the first president to be born in this country.
December 10, 1869
What did the 10th State of Wyoming allow on this day?
A: Allowed women to vote and hold office
December 15, 1939
Where did Gone With the Wind Premiere?
A: Atlanta, Georgia.
December 17, 1903
What happened in Kitty Hawk, NC?
A: The Wright Brothers made their first airplane flight
Arizona’s Christmas City Events
December 1, 1:00 pm
36th Annual Prescott Christmas Parade, downtown Prescott
December 2, 7:00 pm
The Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays, Yavapai College
December 5, 7:00 pm
Movies at the Elks: A Christmas Story, Elks Performing Arts Center
December 7, 5:30 pm
Acker Night, downtown Prescott
December 12, 7:00 pm
Movies at the Elks: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elks Performing Arts Center
December 26, 7:00 pm
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Prescott Valley Event Center
Music Trivia answers:
“Westward leading still proceeding”
The ox and the lamb
“O Little Town Of Bethlehem”
“Joy to the World”
“The First Noel”
“O Come All Ye Faithful”
“Hark the Herald Angels Sing”
“Holly Jolly Christmas”
Making dreams come true….
one home at a time