12 Fun Facts of Christmas

All the gifts in the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ would equal 364 gifts and cost $114,651.00.12-days-of-christmas

Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.

The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.

According to the Guinness World Records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221 foot Douglas Fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.

Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards as sent in the United States alone.

Early illustrations of St. Nicholas depict his as stern, commanding, and holding a birch rod.  He was more a symbol of discipline and punishment than the jolly, overweight elf children know today.

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Christmas stockings allegedly evolved from three sisters who were too poor to afford a marriage dowry and were, therefore, doomed to a life of prostitution.  They were saved when the wealthy Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna (the precursor to Santa Claus) crept down their chimney and generously filled their stockings with gold coins.

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.

James Pierpont’s 1857 song “Jingle Bells” was first called “One Horse Open Sleigh” and was written for Thanksgiving.open-sleigh

Alabama was the first state in the US to officially recognize Christmas in 1836.

Christmas wasn’t declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870.

Oklahoma was the last US state to declare Christmas a legal holiday, in 1907.

All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.

 

 

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