Thursday, December 24, 2009

Holiday Greetings from NASA

On the sixth day of Christmas
NASA gave to me
Six dancing moons

Six moons are shown in this video but Saturn has many more moons (61 confirmed). One of latest discovered, Aegaeon was announced just this past year (2009).

When I reminisce about Christmas, one complaint is the over commercialization of Christmas. But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?
Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, was created in Chicago as a marketing promotion for Montgomery Ward.  That was 1939, so the marketing of Christmas goes back more years than I've been waiting to hear reindeer hooves on the roof.  I believe the image of the modern Santa is credited to the Coca-Cola company.  That jolly old elf had his debut in 1931.


Joanna Jenkins said...

I don't know why I'm shocked they were marketing promos but, well, I'm shocked. I guess I thought Hollywood "invented" them both.

Very interesting!

Wishing you a great Christmas and thanks for all the wonderful reading and info this past year.


lisleman said...

@JJ - thank you for the sharing support and great posts over at your blog. I think some commercial things turn out OK but the marketing should be honest and not try to trick you.

Ocean Girl said...

Oh lisleman, the moon dance was really cute and amazing at the same time. And the planet has 61 moons! The light show was on a moon that did not look so round. Was that a moon?

And the info about Christmas is really, really interesting too.

Yes Eid is what we celebrate.

I take this opportunity to thank you for making the blogosphere a nice and interesting place. People say that it is harder to make friends when you are older but I feel that I have made some friends here and you are one of them.

Merry Christmas.

OneStonedCrow said...

I love that Santa poster ...

Compliments of the season to you and your loved ones.

dave hambidge said...

Seasonal whatsits to you and yours.

secret agent woman said...

Everyone complains about the over commercialization, as if we had no choice in how much we participate in it. But some of it I like and some of it I avoid. It's still my favorite holiday. A happy Christmas to you.

Joanie M said...

There is a line in Miracle on 34th Street where the commercialization of Christmas is discussed. So it does go way back. I didn't know about the Coca Cola Santa though. The things you learn reading blogs!

Merry Christmas!

yorksnbeans said...

Christmas and commercialism together...who'd a thunk?? ;-)


Unknown Mami said...

Merry Christmas to the most wonderful you!

Green-Eyed Momster said...

I hope your Christmas was very merry.


lisleman said...

Thanks everyone!! Believe me, your comments today were one of the better things happening this strange Christmas day in our house. I'll be posting about this memorable Christmas but right now my back hurts and I'm very tired. Please check back for the story.

Fantastic Forrest said...

I taught a class about political cartoons years ago, and understood that the modern image of Santa was the brainchild of cartoonist Thomas Nast. He is also credited with Uncle Sam and the donkey for Dems and elephant for R's.

Apparently Haddon Sundblom, the Coke illustrator, refined and popularized the image. Thus sayeth snopes:

I do love commercial illustrations. When we visited Guinness in Dublin, there was a huge exhibit of the wonderful art of John Gilroy. So fanciful and fun!

lisleman said...

@FF - well you could be the wikipedia of blogland. Thanks for the correction and additional links. I'll check out Mr. Gilroy. Oh do you like Guinness - you know it's not just for breakfast anymore!

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