99 Interesting Facts About Christmas

Last updated on July 31st, 2017 at 03:41 am

Fact 52. Christmas tree decoration is believed to have originated in the 16th century in Germany.

Fact 53. The ‘X’ in X-Mas, as we all use today, comes from the Greek meaning of ‘X’ i.e. Christ.

Fact 54. Alabama became the first US state to declare Christmas as a legal holiday in 1836 and the last was Oklahoma, in 1907.

Fact 55. Christmas trees were first decorated with fruits (mainly apples), and then later on people started using candles, and then electric lights (1895) to decorate these trees.

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Fact 56. Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition.

Fact 57. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the busiest shopping days and not the Black Friday.

Fact 58. California, Oregon, Michigan, Washington, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina are the top Christmas tree producing states from the U.S.

Fact 59. Thomas Edison’s assistant came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees (though we are not sure).

Fact 60. In the world, there are two islands that are named ‘Christmas’ – one is in the Pacific Ocean and the other in the Indian Ocean.

Fact 61. The largest floating Christmas tree in the world — 278 feet tall — is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The largest floating Christmas tree in the world - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The largest floating Christmas tree in the world – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image credit – Leandro Neumann Ciuffo

Fact 62. Christmas trees are sold in the US since 1850, and on an average it takes 6-8 years for a Christmas tree to be fully grown, although it can take 15.

Fact 63. Once a Christmas tree is harvested, two to three are planted in its place because it takes many years for the trees to be fully grown before they can be harvested.

Fact 64. The tallest living Christmas tree is believed to be the 122-foot, 91-year-old Douglas fir in the town of Woodinville, Washington.

Fact 65. Christmas season sales account for almost 1/6 of all retail sales in the US.

Fact 66. According to a survey, it is expected that in the 2015 Christmas season, $830 billion will be spent alone in the US towards Christmas gifts and 47% of these shoppers will buy gifts online.

Fact 67. A Christmas tale from old wives believes that if you bake bread on Christmas Eve, the bread will stay fresh forever. However, there is no evidence to prove that this tale is true as nobody has tried keeping the bread up that long.

Fact 68. In 1962 – the US issued the first Christmas postage stamp.

Fact 69. Christmas trees were banned–due to environmental concerns–in the White House in 1901–by the then President Teddy Roosevelt.

Fact 70. Franklin Pierce was the first president to place a Christmas tree in the White House.

The White House
The White House – the executive residence and principal workplace of every President of the United States of America since John Adams. Image credit – Wally Gobetz

Fact 71. In Italy, Christmas dinner can last for more than 4 hours. Yes that’s right. Most of the Italian families have more than 7 courses for the dinner.

Fact 72. Japanese spend their Christmas Eve eating in KFCs. This is a popular tradition in Japan so much that customers have to book their seats 2 months in advance.

Fact 73. Approximately 35 million Christmas trees are produced during the Christmas season to keep pace with the demand.

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