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Christmas Trivia

Posted on: December 3, 2013 11:00 am
Tags: How much do you know about the holiday?
  • Christmas cards were invented in 1843, a period of the Victorian Era.
  • Alabama was the first state to declare Christmas as an official holiday. It was recognized as a national holiday in America on June 26, 1870.
  • Poinsettia, the popular Christmas plant, reached the United States from Mexico in 1880s. The plant was named after Joel Poinsett.
  • People began to make use of electric lights for their Christmas tree, in 1895.
  • Rudolph, the legendary reindeer of Santa Claus, was a creation of Montgomery Ward. He created it for the purpose of a holiday promotion, in the late 1930s
  • Artificial Christmas trees have outsold real ones since 1991.
  • The majority of artificial Christmas trees are manufactured in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea
  • The word 'X-Mas' is derived from Greek, because in Greek, 'X' symbolizes Christ
  • Franklin Pierce was the first US President to decorate the White House with a beautifully adorned Christmas Tree
  • Although 'Jingle Bells' was first written for Thanksgiving, it gained immense popularity as a song associated with the celebration of Christmas.
  • Electric Christmas lights were first used in 1854
  • The first department store Santa was James Edgar, who, during Christmas seasons beginning in 1890, would wander about his store (the Boston Store) in Brockton, Massachusetts, dressed as Santa Claus, talking to the children of customers.
  • Animal Crackers are not really crackers, but cookies that were imported to the United States from England in the late 1800s. Barnum's circus-like boxes were designed with a string handle so that they could be hung on a Christmas tree.
  • After "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens wrote several other Christmas stories, one each year, but none was as successful
  • Although many believe the Friday after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year, it is not. It is the fifth to tenth busiest day. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the two busiest shopping days of the year.
  • Candy canes began as straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorated the Christmas trees. A choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral decided have the ends bent to depict a shepherd's crook and he would pass them out to the children to keep them quiet during the services. It wasn't until about the 20th century that candy canes acquired their red stripes.
  • Hallmark introduced its first Christmas cards in 1915, five years after the founding of the company.
  • Santa's red and white outfit was created for a Coca-Cola Christmas campaign in 1931
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