Sugar Plums and Figgy Pudding

Watch this You-Tube Video first!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viY93_6GhLc

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Some questions (and answers!)

  1. Name the state that just saw it’s last sugar cane processing plant close.  (Hawaii)
  2. What piece of children’s literature made gingerbread houses popular?  (Hansel and Gretel)
  3. Why do some people get oranges in their stocking? (legend says Santa Claus used to bring gold)
  4. What flavoring is produced in abundance in Oregon?  (Peppermint)
  5. What favoring is actually the root (rhizome) of a plant?  (ginger)

Sources

Sugar

https://www.statista.com/statistics/191975/sugarcane-production-in-the-us-by-state/

http://www.sugarindustrybiotechcouncil.org/sugar-beet-faq

 Hawaiian Sugar

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/12/17/505861855/the-final-days-of-hawaiian-sugar

 Christmas Cookies

https://fearlessfresh.com/a-brief-history-of-christmas-cookies/

http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/the-medieval-history-of-the-christmas-cookie

Gingerbread

http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/history-gingerbread/

Gingerbread Houses

http://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas/videos/gingerbread-house

Animal Crackers

http://www.aol.com/food/story-behind-animal-cracker/#slide=3426185#fullscreen

Sugar Plums

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/13/sugar-plums_n_2272029.html

Candy Canes

http://inventors.about.com/od/foodrelatedinventions/a/candy_canes.htm

Fudge

http://www.darbysfudge.com/fudgehistory.html

Divinity

http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodcandy.html#divinity

Oranges in Christmas Stockings

http://www.thekitchn.com/heres-why-we-put-oranges-in-stockings-at-christmas-holiday-traditions-from-the-kitchn-213985

Nuts and Nutcrackers

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/holidays/2010/12/in_a_nutshell.html

Fruitcake

https://whatscookingamerica.net/History/Cakes/Fruitcake.htm

http://www.villagevoice.com/restaurants/a-short-history-of-fruitcake-6429393

Figgy Pudding

http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/the-holiday-history-of-christmas-pudding

 

 

Christmas and Agriculture

Watch this video first!

Discussion Question:

What percentage of the US Christmas Trees are grown on a farm? (98%)

What states lead in production of Christmas Tree?  (Oregon, North Carolina, Washington, Michigan)

What is a Bracts?  (colorful leaves of the poinsettia)

Where are Poinsettias originally from?  (Mexico)

What is special about Female Holly plants? (has berries)

What is the State Tree of IL?  (White Oak)

What is the State Tree of Delaware? (American Holly)

Anglo Saxon Mistle (meaning dung) and Tan (toe) means twig.  Why are birds important to Mistletoe?

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Related Links

Christmas Trees

http://extension.illinois.edu/trees/facts.cfm

http://www.realchristmastrees.org/dnn/Education/Quick-Tree-Facts

https://quickstats.nass.usda.gov/results/ED46861C-C7AB-3096-828F-4E861C01AFEE

    POINSETTIA 

https://blogs.usda.gov/2015/12/01/poinsettias-helping-an-icon-to-bloom-at-the-right-time/#more-62176

http://extension.illinois.edu/poinsettia/care.cfm

http://extension.illinois.edu/poinsettia/facts.cfm

  Holly

http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/430/430-470/430-470.html

https://www.todayshomeowner.com/how-to-grow-holly/

http://www.thehistoryofchristmas.com/trivia/holly.htm

Mistletoe (more than a Justin Bieber song!)

http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/mistletoe.shtml

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/mistletoe/mistletoe-control-info.htm

https://www2.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/not-just-for-kissing-mistletoe-and-birds-bees-and-other-beasts/