A Brief History of Electric Christmas Tree Lights

Before light bulbs, Christmas trees were aglow with soft candle light. The tradition started in the 18th century in Germany, but it wasn’t all that common as it was both expensive and dangerous. However, in 1809, candle holders began to be used to hold the lights to the branches and between 1902 and 1914, small lanterns and glass balls were employed in their stead.
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The Story Behind the Day of The Dead

It may sound a gloomy, but make no mistake that this Mexican holiday is in no way somber. In fact, it’s more festive than you may think. Unlike Christian traditions in which the dead are remembered, the Day of the Dead stems from way back to the indigenous people of Mexico. Scholars say that the holiday is linked to an Aztec festival that was dedicated to the goddess of below, Mictecacihuatl. She was the queen of Mictlan, the underworld, and ruled over the afterlife. And unlike underworlds in other ancient mythologies, Mictlan wasn’t a bad place. The Aztecs believed that the souls would rest in Mictlan until they could return home to see the fam. So, families would try and tempt them to come home, hence the Day of the Dead.

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Chocolate Fun Facts

As you’d expect on a day as special as National Chocolate Day, we’ve been celebrating accordingly. Wrappers discarded from gourmet truffles litter desks in our office and lunchtime was brought to a close with a slice of our chocolate cheesecake sampler. But we wanted to have our chocolate and learn about it too. So we did a little research and thought you might find these fun facts delicious (but maybe in a different way) too:
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A Pinch of History

There it sits on your kitchen table, waiting for your next mealtime meeting. And though you probably give it no thought as you sprinkle it onto your plate, salt is fascinating.
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