15 Random Christmas Facts

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