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Fun Christmas Facts – Yule Find Handy

Fun Christmas facts are something most people may not be interested in this time of year. You have so much on your plate, why be bothered with a bunch of holiday trivia? However, Al & the gang at Capone’s have witnessed a few mugs that could have used a little knowledge when hanging around certain crowds.

Fun Christmas Facts

Holiday parties are very popular this time of year as businesses celebrate another year’s end. Families and friends also gather to visit and exchange gifts. Meals are consumed and toasts are made. Then what?

If you are at an office party, you might meander trying to strike up a conversation with the co-worker from down the hall. At a family reunion, you might sit next to an uncle you just never have anything to talk to about. Did you ever wish you could just blurt out something to get the conversation going?

Here are some fun Christmas facts that you may or may not know. If you remember a few, you can always strike up a conversation using one of these facts. Who knows, you might even impress the boss or that uncle!

Remember, one of the fun Christmas facts is that Capone’s Dinner & Show is a great place to have your office party. It is also a great place for friends and families to gather for reunions. Since we’ll be doing all of the entertaining, you won’t get stuck trying to keep the conversation going. You also won’t get stuck doing the dishes!!

Fun Christmas Facts:

  • Electric tree lights were invented by Edward Johnson in the US in 1882.
  • The bestselling Christmas single ever is Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, shifting over 50million copies worldwide since 1942.
  • In 1999, residents of the state of Maine in America built the world’s biggest ever snowman. He stood at 113ft tall.
  • James Pierpont’s 1857 song Jingle Bells was first called One Horse Open Sleigh and was written for Thanksgiving.
  • The world’s tallest Xmas tree at 221ft high was erected in a Washington shopping mall in 1950.
  • The word Noel derives from the French expression “les bonnes nouvelles” or “the good news.”
  • US scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, traveling at 650 miles a second.
  • The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510.
  • When Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, people did not know what Christmas trees were, so he had to explain it.
  • There are two competing claims as to which president was the first to place a Christmas tree in the White House. Some scholars say President Franklin Pierce did in 1856; others say President Benjamin Harrison brought in the first tree in 1889. President Coolidge started the White House lighting ceremony in 1923.
  • Teddy Roosevelt banned the Christmas tree from the White House for environmental reasons.
  • The official Christmas tree tradition at Rockefeller Center began in 1933. Since 2004 the tree has been topped with a 550-pound Swarovski Crystal star. And since 2007, the tree has been lit with 30,000 energy-efficient LED’s which are powered by solar panels.

More Fun Facts:

  • 98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms, while only 2% are cut from the wild.
  • 10.9 million artificial trees were purchased in the United States in 2012.
  • In 1962, the first Christmas postage stamp was issued in the United States.
  • Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas in 1836. Oklahoma was the last U.S. state to declare Christmas a legal holiday, in 1907.
  • There are two islands named Christmas.  Christmas Island (formerly Kiritimati) in the Pacific Ocean and Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.
  • There are 3 towns in the US that are named Santa Claus. One in Georgia, one in Arizona and one in Indiana.
  • Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.
  • Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the U.S.
  • All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.
  • The tradition of naughty children getting a lump of coal in their stocking comes from Italy.
  • Gary Dahl from California sold 5 million Pet Rocks in the USA in the Christmas season of 1975.
  • The Slinky was the most popular toy sold in Britain at Christmas 1953.

So there you have it. Some fun Christmas facts to help strike up an interesting conversation! Just be sure to tell everyone that the wise guys at Capone’s Dinner & Show are the ones that have shared these facts with you. We hope it makes your holidays a little wiser!

Cheap Fun Thing to Do in Orlando Tomorrow

If you are looking for a cheap fun thing to do in Orlando with your family in the evening, be sure to get in on the $5 admission offer Tuesday night at the Orlando Science Center. This great ticket deal is made possible by the Walmart Foundation which offers this special deal at OSC a couple times a year. Tuesday, June 23 is the night!

This is a great evening to take your entire family, especially younger children to the museum. From 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. you can view the 3-D films and all of the exhibits except the new “Mummies of the World” exhibit. It is closed for a special engagement. Additional Hollywood movies in 2D and 3D can be purchased in addition to the entry fee.

Some of the fun things to do are:

  • Science Live – including digital adventure theater stage shows, storytime, animal interactions and more
  • Exhibit Halls – including nature, planets, art, KidsTown and more
  • Science Stations – including weather, space and SimMan
  • Science Around Us – where you can ask a scientist and get experiments to try at home
  • Crosby Observatory – which at this time of the year offers SkyWatch to view planets like Jupiter, Mars and Venus

Mummies of the World

Mummy ExhibitThis exhibit is great for educators, older children, and science enthusiasts. You definitely want to see it while it is at the Orlando Science Center (through late November). Younger children may also enjoy it, however, it can take as long as an hour and a half (even longer) to view it and thoroughly absorb its interesting presentation. I don’t know of too many youngsters that have an attention span for this type of exhibit, but some do. Mummies of the World exhibit provides a guideline for parents viewing the exhibit with children. It can be downloaded here.

The mummies in this exhibit come from all over the world. Places as far away as Ecuador, Scotland, Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands and of course Egypt. The specimens help visitors learn how people and animals lived and died. Through advanced science, we are given a window into the lives of these ancient people, with unprecedented insights into their past cultures. Some of the interesting mummies include:

  • The Orlovits family who are part of a group of 18th-century mummies discovered in a long-forgotten church crypt in Vác, Hungary in 1994
  • Animal mummies including a cat and a falcon mummy from ancient Egypt, a lizard naturally mummified in the Sahara desert, a hare from an Alpine glacier, and the head of a sloth, shrunken as training for preparing human heads in the Jivaro culture of Ecuador.
  • Complete and partial Egyptian mummies, illustrating how people were mummified and how the dead were treated in ancient Egypt.
  • Many others

Orlando Science Center

60th Anniversary Tops 500,000 Visitors

This is the 60th anniversary year for the museum. They recently celebrated (and surprised) their 500,000th visitor of the fiscal year (ends June 30). The Zabar family was presented gifts and a free annual membership to the museum by helping meet the half-million mark. It is no surprise that so many people enjoy OSC and find it a fun thing to do in Orlando.

If you’ve never attended this museum, the $5 admission offer is a great way to see what is offered at the Orlando Science Center. You may enjoy it so much you’ll purchase a membership, which is the best way to experience this museum on an ongoing basis. A family membership is $155 and an individual membership is $115. Be sure to budget for the $5 parking charge when you attend this Orlando attraction, or better yet, take the Sun Rail. Admission cost for the mummy exhibit (regular admission) is:

  • Adult (12-54) $27.00
  • Seniors (55 and up) & Students (with valid ID) $24.00
  • Youth (3-11) $18.00
  • Florida Teachers (with valid FL teacher credentials) $12.00
  • Members $10.00
  • Two and Under FREE

Operating Hours are:

  • Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Orlando Science Center is open on most major holidays except for Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. It is located at 777 E Princeton St., Orlando, FL 32803. For more information about the Orlando Science Center, the Mummies of the World exhibit, or the special $5 ticket deal, go to osc.org, or call 407-514-2139. This is definitely a fun thing to do in Orlando. Be sure to make a day of it this summer!

Full Moon Fury Fun

Legends at Old Town

If you are looking to have some fun during the full moon, head over to Legends: A Haunting at Old Town. Look out for werewolves though, because Saturday, July 12, this year-round attraction in Kissimmee will have werewolves taking over the show! It’s sure to be a lot of fury fun.

For one night only, instead of the focus being put on the dead, Legends will be re-imagined as a werewolf show. A new storyline, a few changes to some of the scenes, and a full moon – what more could you ask for? Add in the animatronics, strobe lighting and special effects and the ‘fur’ on your own arms and legs might get a rise!

On any normal Thursday through Sunday evening (Haunted History Tours are on Tuesday and Wednesday nights), this local attraction will haunt you with the story of the murderous Archibald Ashdown. The undertaker’s business has been open since 1889, but to ensure the business remained healthy, the mortician resorted to wicked ways. Now the dead will not stay dead. How will the werewolves fit into the story? You’ll have to attend the show to find out!

Legends is located in Old Town at 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., Suite 218, Kissimmee, FL 34746. You may purchase tickets online for only $12 (reg. $15). For more information about this Kissimmee attraction, visit their web site at www.legendsoldtown.com.

Special Halloween Event

Halloween Special Event

If you are looking for frightful fun things to do, be sure to make plans to attend Capone’s Dinner & Show this Halloween. For one night only, American Ghost Adventures will be doing a special tour of our historic theatre. Find out exactly who (or what) is still performing after the final curtain call. This Halloween special event may reveal more than just a few ol’ spirits – and we’re not talking about Al’s Rum Runners either!

New Attraction Opening in Orlando: Galaxy Fun Orlando

Indoor Playground

Fun activities will be available in Orlando next week for children under the age of 12. This high-energy age group is perfect for theme parks, and just like Legoland, this age group is also being targeted by a new attraction opening February 24 near International Drive in Orlando. Close to the heart of the tourist area, and close enough for locals, an attraction such as this is just what kids need when it is raining outside, too hot, or just looking for a new way to burn a little energy.

Galaxy Fun Orlando is located next to the World Bowling Center at 7500 Canada Avenue, Orlando, FL 32819 (just off i-drive). For local residents familiar with the area, this is where the old ice rink used to be. It has been transformed into a 48,000-square foot indoor playground with three gigantic areas:

  1. Galaxy Fun OrlandoMaxi Rocket – for kids 4-12 (max 60 inches)
  2. Mini Rocket – for kids under 4 years
  3. Mezzanine – restaurant, Wi-Fi, arcade

The Maxi Rocket playground has more than 100 slides, ramps, tunnels, cannons, bridges and more. Kids can run throughout this multi-level playground until they are exhausted. There is even a specially designed Brazilian street-soccer court if they are up for some indoor soccer.

The Mini Rocket playground separates the big kids from the little ones where children can play with their parents. This new attraction has been specially designed for smaller sizes and abilities. Let your child explore like never before!

Parents are sure to love the mezzanine area. Comfortable seating is provided overlooking the entire playground. Food, drinks and high-speed Wi-Fi (free) are available. The food consists of children favorites such as pizza, chicken tenders, hot dogs and cheeseburgers. The concession is affordably priced. For adults, beer and wine is also available.

The cost for this new Orlando attraction is $9.99 (kids under 4) and $19.99 (kids 4-12). Prices are also available for groups and birthday parties. Hours are Monday to Thursday 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Friday 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and adults must be accompanied by children. For more information about Galaxy Fun Orlando, call 407-247-0881 or visit www.galaxyfunorlando.com.

Once the kids have depleted their energy (is that possible?), why not head down the road to Capone’s Dinner & Show. It is a great place for parents that want to have fun with the entire family. If you thought you couldn’t have a fun night out at a dinner and a show with the kids, think again. Many families have enjoyed this Orlando dinner show. Read visitor’s comments and try it out for yourself. After all, kids shouldn’t have all the fun!

This Central Florida Attraction Will Amaze You!

Central Florida has many attractions who’s founders based their theme park upon dreams and followed them up with a lot of hard work. Long & Scott Farms can be included in this list. A farm as an attraction? Well, this is no ordinary farm.

50 years ago, what started as a small farm located near Mount Dora (north of Orlando) was purchased, and dreams (and a few struggles, I’m sure) had begun. Today, the farm is not so small, and the dreams of a productive and successful farm can be experienced by hundreds of folks who are willing to make the drive. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this farm, including a market, cafe, and for the next few months, the Scott’s Maze Adventures. This is an Orlando attraction of another kind, and a great way to experience real Florida.

Scott’s Country Market is known for their Zellwood Triple-Sweet Gourmet Corn. If you’ve ever attended a Zellwood Corn Festival, you’ll know that this corn is delicious. Even when it is not in season, this market is known for a lot of other freshly harvested produce. Local growers and farmers sell their best potted plants, cage-free eggs, Amish cheese, butter and bacon, local honey, dressings, BBQ sauces, jams, candles, cider, and much, much more! If you are looking for a farmer’s market outside of the immediate Orlando area, this market is open Tuesday thru Saturday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm and closed on Mondays.

Check out the market early in the morning and eat breakfast at Scott’s Country Cafe. If you’re not an early riser, plan on shopping and having lunch, although you can’t be too late. While the market stays open later, the cafe closes at 2pm on weekdays and 4pm on the weekends. Enjoy a meal made fresh from the farm’s very own produce. Unlike a few Central Florida attractions, this meal will be affordable, not to mention delicious! Be sure to have a cup or bowl of the corn chowder.

Long & Scott Farms MazesWhat truly makes this a Central Florida attraction is Scott’s Maze Adventures. For the past ten years people have traveled from all over to get lost in a cornfield! Located at the southeast corner of County Road 448A and Jones/Duda Road, the farm is fairly easy to get to. They provide very good driving directions, so you’ll not get lost. You may, however, get lost once you get there! If you like a challenge, find all 23 stations within the maze and successfully complete the game sheet. It can take up to 2 hours, or as little as 45 minutes to cover the 6-acre mazes. Many people come to this attraction for all of the other fun things to do outside of the maze. Kids will enjoy playing on the playground, bouncing on a huge jumping pillow, zip lining, going for a hay ride ($4) or fishing from a stocked pond ($2).

This year’s mazes highlight the partnership that the farm has with Second Harvest Food Bank. With the holidays nearing, it is a great time to visit the farm. Purchase customized, one-of-a-kind gift boxes and baskets for everyone on your list. If you are in need of a pumpkin they are available now. If you want a Christmas tree, visit the farm after Thanksgiving. The mazes are open through December 15 – weekends for the general public and week days for reserved groups. Cost for this attraction is $9 for youth (3 – 16); $11 for adults (17 & up), and free for children under 3 years of age. Admission includes:

  • Large & small Corn Maze
  • Tree Maze
  • Rock Maze
  • Mist Maze
  • Super Slide
  • Jumping Pillow
  • Zip Line for Kids
  • Playground
  • Picnic Area
  • free parking
  • access to food vendors.

It may be a little bit of a drive to get to this attraction, but you’ll be glad you went. It’s affordabe fun that the entire family will enjoy. In fact, I’m betting you and your family will have an aMAZEing time!