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Unwrapping Christmas trivia

On top of everything else on my mind these busy days, I recently read that if someone gave me all of the gifts in the song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," I would receive 364 gifts.

I also have been reminded that "Jingle Bells" may well have been written as a Thanksgiving song with the title "One Horse Open Sleigh." That in Australia, Christmas comes in the middle of summer.

And that if every family reused just 2 feet of holiday ribbon, the saved ribbon (38,000 miles) could tie a bow around the entire planet. That last one came from the Use Less Stuff Report, about which you can read more at

It also reminds me SO much of my late grandmother and great-aunt -- the grand and great recyclers of all time. ("Don't throw that paper out! "Save that ribbon!).

This is the sort of holiday trivia, facts and numbers that pop up as often as "It's a Wonderful Life" appears on television (more often than any other holiday movie, according to one trivia website, if you care to believe).

A few others:

*Actor Richard Gere attended a party at Martha Stewart's home in Bedford, N.Y., this past weekend. "Richard is a neighbor, but it was his first time visiting my home," she wrote on her blog.

*Jacob Marley is not Martha's neighbor. Rather, he is the name of Scrooge's late business partner.

*Boris Karloff narrated the animated 1966 holiday classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

*"Disperse the gloomy clouds of night" are lyrics from "O Come O Come Emmanuel."

*Clarice is the name of Rudolph's little reindeer girlfriend.

*Two billion-plus boxed and individual Christmas cards were sold in the United States in 2009.

And while everyone remembers Ralphie Parker and the holiday classic "A Christmas Story," they may not know that they can visit the house where he lived in the movie.

It was restored several years ago and is now open for tours. It's located in Cleveland. You can see a photo of the house -- and other houses made famous in holiday movies -- at the website

Fun stuff.

Now all I need to do is figure out what in the world I would ever do with four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and, well, you know the rest.