- Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the U.S.
- Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.
- Santa Claus comes from St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop living in (what is now) Turkey in the fourth century AD. St. Nicholas had inherited a great deal of wealth and was known for giving it away to help the needy. When sainted, he became the protector of children.
- The letter X in Xmas is a Greek abbreviation for Christ.
- The world’s biggest snowman was 113 feet tall and was built in Maine.
- In 1950 the world’s largest Christmas tree was placed in a Washington Mall. It was 221 feet high.
- The first evidence of a Christmas tree is from a pamphlet that dates back to 1570.
- Santa Claus has worn blue and white and green in the past, his traditional red suit came from a 1930s ad by Coca Cola.
- Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas in 1836.
- President Teddy Roosevelt, an environmentalist, banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1901.
- In Germany, Heiligabend, or Christmas Eve, is said to be a magical time when the pure in heart can hear animals talking.
- Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.
- “Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978.
- The best-selling Christmas song ever is White Christmas by Bing Crosby. It has sold more than 100 million copies around the world.
- “Jingle Bells” was originally supposed to be a Thanksgiving song.
Sorry, but as a German: #11 is Bullshit. Other than that, nice list…
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