Christmas Facts

  • The song “White Christmas” holds the credit as the most-selling Christmas single of all time.
  • Santa Claus has nine reindeer counting Rudolph that pull his sleigh.
  • Saturnalia, was the Romans holiday that was celebrated in December.
  • It wasn’t until about 200 years after Christ’s death that Christians started celebrating his birth.
  • In northern Europe there was a holiday known as Yule. They celebrated this holiday by making great fires. They then would dance around the fires, yelling for the winter to end.
  • Austria was the first country to issue a Christmas postage stamp.
  • Silver and gold are the popular Christmas colors after red and green.
  • Eggnog the popular Christmas food was an American discovery.
  • The Christmas carol “I Saw Momma Kissing Santa Claus” was made famous by Jimmy Boyd when he was just 12 years old.
  • Christmas lights were invented by the American Ralph E. Morris.
  • W. C. T. Dobson invented the Christmas card.
  • Canada is the largest exporter of Christmas trees.
  • King’s Canyon National Park, California has the world’s largest Christmas tree.
  • Coca-Cola made the concept of Santa Claus popular in America.
  • There are twelve days between Christmas and the Epiphany.

 

  • Mrs. Claus, Santa’s wife, was first introduced to the world in 1889 in the book “Goody Santa Claus On A Sleigh Ride” by the poet Katherine Lee Bates.
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  • In Australia, Christmas comes in the middle of summer and the temperature often hits a sweltering 100 degrees farenheit on Christmas day. During this warm Australian Christmas season, outdoor barbecues have become a part of the Christmas tradition.
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  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was originally created for Montgomery Ward department stores as part of a promotional gimmick.
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