Wednesday, December 5, 2012


20 Christmas Facts

  1. According to rumor, “Silent Night” was originally written in 1816 for the guitar because the local church’s piano was broken.
  2. The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony was started in 1923 by President Calvin Coolidge.
  3. In 1963, the National Christmas Tree was not lit until Dec 22 in honor of a 30-day mourning period for President Kennedy.
  4. Santa Claus wasn’t portrayed as human-sized until Coca-Cola did in 1931. Before that, he had been shown as an elf.
  5. How did Christmas get abbreviated to Xmas? The first letter of Christ in Greek is chi, which is portrayed as an “X.”
  6. Oregon, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and California are the top Christmas tree producing states.
  7. The Christmas tree industry employs more than 100,000 people each year in the U.S.
  8. The temperature in the North Pole almost never rises above freezing.
  9. The first company to make Christmas tree lights was Edison General Electric Co.
  10. SantaCon is an event where large numbers of people dress up in Santa costumes and parade the streets and bars of a city. The tradition was started in San Francisco in 1994.
  11. Christmas cards were originated in England and first sent in the 1840s.
  12. Every year Norway sends a large Christmas tree over to England.
  13. Over five miles of lights are used to decorate the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center each year.
  14. In Germany, Santa doesn’t do the whole chimney bit—he just comes in the front door.
  15. The shape of a candy cane is supposed to represent a shepherd’s crook.
  16. Christmas was made a Federal holiday in the US on June 26 1870.
  17. Christmas carols were started as a way to tell people who couldn’t read about the nativity story.
  18. Charles Dickens’ 1843 story “A Christmas Carol” has been made into film over 200 times.
  19. Recycled Christmas trees are used as sand and soil erosion barriers.
  20. The US postal system offered its first Christmas stamp in 1962.

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