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- The first artificial Christmas trees were made out of dyed goose feathers in Germany during the 19th century.
- In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25th the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.
- Christmas wasn’t declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870
- If you add up all the gifts that were given in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” the total number of gifts received was 364.
- The first Christmas tree was put up at New York Rockefeller Center in 1931, in 1933 the first official tree-lighting ceremony began.
- Teddy Roosevelt banned putting up a Christmas tree during his term. He was a conservationist and against deforestation.
- Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in the 1890’s and proved to be safer than traditional candles.
- “Jingle Bells” was composed by James Pierpont in 1857. It was originally called “One-Horse Open Sleigh” and was a song for Thanksgiving.
- In 1856 Franklin Pierce was the first President to place a Christmas tree in the White House.
- Santa Claus is based on a real person, St. Nicolas, who lived in the 4th century AD in the country now known as Turkey.
- Songwriter Irving Berlin wrote “White Christmas” in 1940 and is the best-selling song of all time.
- The “X” in X-mas is from the Greek letter X – “Chi” which is an abbreviation for the word “Christ” in Greek.
- Rudolph was written in 1939 by Ralph L. May as a holiday promotion for the Montgomery Ward Company.
- The poinsettia is originally from Mexico where it is known as the “Flower of the Holy Night”.
- Christmas was banned by the Puritan’s from 1647 – 1660.