Holiday Fun Facts for Kids

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Do the corners of your rooms look bare without your artificial Christmas trees? Are you missing the aroma of freshly baked cookies and bayberry candles? If you miss the fun holiday spirit and just can’t wait for Christmas to roll around again, take advantage of all the fun holidays that roll around the rest of the year.

Whether you want to keep the kids entertained with timely tidbits or just brighten up your little corner in the office, these fun facts about our most popular holidays will put you in the mood to decorate and maybe even bake a batch of homemade cookies!

Valentine’s Day

Heart-shaped sugar cookies with white icing and pink sprinkles are edibles hugs—delicious!

Be careful if you eat an apple on Valentine’s Day. There’s an old myth that says if you eat an apple on Valentine’s Day, you will have as many children as the number of seeds you find inside. The average is about three, but some varieties have up to 12 seeds.

St. Patrick’s Day

Don’t forget to go green—add a few drops of food coloring to your morning bowl of cereal or tint the water cooler at work just for fun.

Everyone knows that a four-leaf clover is good luck. Each leaf represents a bounty of some measure—hope, faith, love and luck. The odds of finding a four leaf clover are about 10,000 to 1. You need a four-leaf clover to find one.

By the way, corned beef and cabbage—the typical Saint Patty’s Day meal—is an American creation. The Irish prefer a rich, hearty stew and a nice apple tart.

Easter

Easter is a traditional day of celebration for Christians around the world. Kids love the annual race to find and collect the most eggs. Did you know that the largest jelly bean ever made weighed over three tons? Or that more than three quarters of adults prefer to bite the ears off those chocolate bunnies first?

If you are in the mood to decorate, a small pre-lit Christmas tree adorned with pastel ribbons and decorative eggs brightens up the house as much as the more traditional version.

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© Phongphanich Limprasutr / 123RF.COM

Christmas is Coming Back

As you can see, just because Christmas time has passed until next season, you don’t have to put away the festive spirit with the artificial Christmas trees. Every month has something to celebrate. You can still share a batch of homemade cookies with a friend—just change the shape and color scheme to match the season.

One more tidbit to tide you over until next year–did you know that animal crackers are a gift of Barnum’s Circus? Back in the 19th century, the little circus-like boxes with a handy string were designed to be hung on Christmas trees.

So buy a box of animal crackers and get the catalogs out. You can always search the Christmas tree sale section and get a jump on next season.