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40 Christmas Facts We Didn't Know!

We love Trivia and these are really fun! Make sure to read all the way to the last one. Who knew?!?!?!

  1. The tallest Christmas tree ever displayed was in Seattle, Washington and was 221 feet tall.

  2. Buying all the gifts from the “12 Days of Christmas” would cost you a LOT of money. The most expensive being “Swans a Swimmin” — coming in about $6,300.

  3. Going to movies during the holidays is SO popular. Approximately one-third of the twenty highest grossing movies were released during the Christmas,

  4. The two days right before Christmas are actually the 2 busiest shopping days of the year, NOT Black Friday!

  5. Did you know that it is a tradition in Japan to eat KFC for Christmas? Yes, orders must be placed TWO months in advance.

  6. Jingle Bells was originally a song about Thanksgiving in 1857. Who knew?

  7. Christmas trees usually grow for 15 years before they are tall enough to be sold.

  8. The title "Christmas" originally comes from the words Cristes Maesse which means “mass of Christ.”

  9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer got its start in 1839 as an advertising stunt for Montgomery Ward.

  10. Paul McCartney earns approximately $400,000 a year from his “Wonderful Christmastime” song, Have you ever heard it?

  11. Spoiled holiday leftovers cause more than 400,000 illnesses a year.

  12. Christmas is not actually Christ’s birthday, as many believe. It is most likely in the spring.

  13. Oklahoma was the last state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1907.

  14. The original location for the 1947 Miracle on 34th Street movie was the Macy’s in New York City. However, for the remake in 1994, Macy’s refused to participate and the fictional store Cole’s was created.

  15. 5,000 toys were collected during the first drive of Toys for Tots in 1947.

  16. Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is still the highest-selling single of all time.

  17. Americans purchase 1.6 billion Christmas cards every year. Did you get yours out?

  18. December 25th was chosen because it coincided with a pagan festival where there was gift giving, partying, and gambling.

  19. During Christmas, Visa cards are used 6,000 times every minute.

  20. Christmas lights used to be so expensive that they were rented instead of sold. An electrically lit tree was a status symbol in the early 1900’s.

  21. The first Salvation Army collection kettle was a large crab pot with a sign that read “Keep The Pot Boiling.”

  22. A 2010 Facebook study showed that two weeks before Christmas is the most popular time for couples to break up. SAD!!

  23. In Asia, white elephants were considered holy but pricey to keep. Ezra Corness adapted that term to gifts at holiday parties, having no value to the owner but possible value to others.

  24. In 2012, there were more than 15,000 holiday decorating injuries, mostly from falls.

  25. The biggest display of lights ever made had 1,194,380 LEDs and covered 3,865 sq. meters. If you feel like traveling to Australia, go see it!

  26. Vancouver, Canada claims to be the birthplace of the first “Ugly Christmas Sweater” party. So, raid your Canadian friends' closets and see what you can find!

  27. Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin are the top six Christmas tree producing states.

  28. Approximately 220 people are hired each holiday season specifically for the Disneyland Christmas Parade.

  29. The first Christmas celebrated in America was in Tallahassee, Florida in 1539.

  30. The word “Merry” in Merry Christmas used to signify slight intoxication.

  31. There is a Santa Clause School!! It's in Midland, MI. It hosts about 130 Santas each year teaching them about the history of St. Nick, popular toys and proper Santa etiquette.

  32. The highest grossing movie about Christmas since the 1980's is Jim Carrey’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Do you watch it every year like we do? It came out in November of 2000 and grossed $260,044,825.

  33. The abbreviation X in X-Mas stand for "Chi", meaning Christ in Greek. It is not an abbreviation.

  34. In 1980, the Rubik's cube sold for $1.99. It now retails for approximately $10. It was the highest selling Christmas toy.

  35. Eggnog originated from Britain’s medieval drink “Posset” — a hot, milky, ale-like drink.

  36. We leave cookies and milk out for Santa because Dutch children used to leave food and drink out for St. Nicholas on his feast day.

  37. The concept of caroling had nothing to do with Christmas originally. Medieval carols were 12th century liturgical songs and were shared as good fortunes to neighbors in exchange for gifts.

  38. The reason behind giving gifts at Christmas is to symbolize the gifts given to Jesus by the three wise men.

  39. The Ancient Greeks considered the mistletoe an aphrodisiac, which is probably why kissing under the mistletoe is said to bring you good luck in your love life.

  40. Krampus is a demonic character who is said to wander the streets with chains and bells looking for misbehaving children. This is a SCARY European Christmas tradition.

Fun, huh?!? Sooo many things I didn't know... and probably didn't need to know either. haha. Well, here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas with your family and friends... and NOT scary Krampus!! :) We sure are grateful to each one of you and look forward to seeing you soon! The office will be closed Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, but other than that, we're open and would love to see you!

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