Did you know? Christmas facts!

cats_with_accordion_vintageThe weather is getting cooler and the Christmas sweaters are coming out! We all know that Christmas is on the 25th of December,
but do you know your random, crazy, Christmas facts? We’ve got you covered!

Some people are convinced that the Christmas season officially kicks off when Santa arrives at the ending of the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade!

Christmas wasn’t a legal holiday until the year 1836 when Alabama became the first state to declare so, while Oklahoma was the last.

Your Christmas tree may be full of pizazz with beautiful Christmas ornaments such as spheres, ribbons, and bells by now, but Christmas trees were originally decorated with foods like apples, nuts, and even dates.

If you were to receive all the gifts mentioned in the popular song, “The twelve Days of Christmas”, you’d receive a total of 364 presents!

The song we’ve all probably heard about a million times by now, “Jingle Bells” (originally written by James Pierpont in 1857) was made for Thanksgiving and was given the name “One Horse open Slay”.

Towns in Georgia, Arizona, and Indiana are named Santa Claus.

Santa Claus is known also known by the names St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, and Grandfather Frost!

The value of the most expensively decorated Christmas tree is a total of $11,026,900!

The voice behind the song “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” is Thurl Ravenscroft, who also happens to be the voice of Tony the Tiger!

You may have heard of people leaving milk and cookies as a snack for Santa Claus, but in Ireland it is traditional to leave mince pies and a bottle of Guinness instead!

Many of us have a big dinner feast with our families on Christmas, but in Japan it is common to eat KFC for dinner!

Each year, more than 3 billon Christmas cards are sent in the U.S!

The first president to decorate the White House’s Christmas tree was Franklin Pierce.

In Mexico, it is believed that wearing red underwear on New Year’s Eve will bring new love in the upcoming year.

Christmas is actually a summer holiday in South Africa!

Visa Cards are used an average of 5,340 times every minute during the Christmas shopping season

More than 1.76 billion candy canes will be made during the Christmas season.

Now that you know many strange facts about christmas, share them with your family this christmas eve. Merry Christmas!

 

 

Esmeralda Reyes

Staff Writer, NMHS Blue Prints

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