1996 - 25 Days Of Christmas began airing on The Family Channel.1997 - 8 planets in our Solar System lined up from West to East beginning with Pluto, followed by Mercury, Mars, Venus, Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn, along with a crescent moon, in a rare alignment visible from Earth that lasted until December 8.
1927 - The Ford Motor Company unveiled it's second mass production model, the Ford Model A as its new automobile. It was renamed La Guardia Airport, after the mayor who pushed it for construction, in 1953. Mc Carthy for what it called "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute." He was looking for communists within the government.
The concentration of the observances were not always on the day commencing at midnight or at dawn, but the beginning of the pre-Romanized day, which falls on the previous eve.
-Wikipedia "The Holly King, represents the Death aspect of the God at this time of year; and the Oak King, represents the opposite aspect of Rebirth (these roles are reversed at Midsummer). The myth of the Holly King/Oak King probably originated from the Druids to whom these two trees were highly sacred. Seuss "A long December and there's reason to believe Maybe this year will be better than the last I can't remember the last thing that you said as you were leavin' Now the days go by so fast" - Counting Crows, A Long December "My favorite traditional Christmas movie that I like to watch is All Quiet on the Western Front.
The primary axes of both of these monuments seem to have been carefully aligned on a sight-line framing the winter solstice sunrise (New Grange) and the winter solstice sunset (Stonehenge).
The winter solstice may have been immensely important because communities were not assured to live through the winter, and had to be prepared during the previous nine months.