Monday, December 24, 2012

The 12 Days of Weirdmas, Day 11: A Baby Boomer Christmas

Not a whole lot to add to today's Weirdmas post except to say that this Wikipedia entry on "Christmas in the post-war United States" is guaranteed to tickle your brain's nostalgia area, whether you're a Boomer, a Gen-Xer, or otherwise. A few fun facts:
  • The origin of NORAD tracking Santa's sleigh was a misprint for a department store's "call Santa" promotion.
  • "Sales of aluminum trees declined after being treated satirically in the 1965 animated Christmas television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas."
  • Corning put the glass Christmas ornament, formerly a luxury, within reach of all Americans with its specially-modified light bulb mass production process.
  • Cultural icons rolled out originally at Christmas include the Slinky, Chex Mix, the transistor radio, and the Etch-a-Sketch.

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