20 Interesting Facts About Christmas

By: Tejas Singh

Here we go:

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

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

3.Christmas trees have been sold in the U.S. since 1850.

4.Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.

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

6.Oklahoma was the last U.S. state to declare Christmas a legal holiday, in 1907.

7.The world’s largest Christmas stocking measured 106 feet and 9 inches (32.56 m) long and 49 feet and 1 inch (14.97 m) wide. It weighed as much as five reindeer and held almost 1,000 presents. It was made by the Children’s Society in London on December 14, 2007.

8.President Teddy Roosevelt, an environmentalist, banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1912.

9.Approximately 30-35 million real (living) Christmas trees are sold each year in the U.S.

10.Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the U.S.

11.Puritan Oliver Cromwell outlawed Christmas celebrations and carols in England from 1649-1660. The only celebrations allowed were sermons and prayers.

12.Christmas trees are also known as the Yule-tree.

13.If you received all the gifts from the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” you would have 364 presents.

14.Do you know why we say the Twelve Days of Christmas?  It is believed that it took the 3 kings 12 days to find baby Jesus.

15.Some zoos accept donated Christmas trees as food for their animals.

16.Telling scary ghost stories is an old Christmas Eve tradition that has died out in the past century.

17.That “Xmas” stems from Greece. The Greek “X” is a symbol for Christ.

18.The most popular Christmas Song ever is We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The song can be traced back to England, but its author and composer remains unknown.

19.An estimated 1 of 3 people worldwide celebrate Christmas, including 2.1 Billion Christians. There are about 7,038,044,500 people in the world, so about 23,460,148 celebrate Christmas.

20. The French gave the biggest Christmas present ever in 1886. It was the Statue of Liberty, and they gave it to the United States of America. (The French have one too, a smaller one, in Paris.

Resources: http://socialindc.com/10-christmas-fun-facts/  http://facts.randomhistory.com/christmas-facts.
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