Christmas Facts and Trivia

Contrary to most stories, Jesus is no longer a baby when the wise men found him with Mary and Joseph.  Biblically, Jesus was already walking when the wise men first saw him and He was already in a house when they  found him.  Nonetheless, Mary bore Jesus  in a manger. 

Bible Scholars believed that the birth of Jesus was not on December but on around June or July or on a month not as cold as December (not during winter season) 

The first country to made Christmas tree is Germany.  It was made of goose feathers and dyed green. 

Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895. 

Christmas cards were first made in 1843, the Victorian Era. 

The classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” is the most viewed Christmas movie in history. 

The Nutcracker” is the most famous Christmas ballet.

Jingle Bells was first written for Thanksgiving and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs.

The poinsettia plant was brought into the United States from Mexico by Joel Poinsett in the early 1800’s.  Contrary to common belief, poinsettia plants are non-toxic.

The first US State to recognize the Christmas holiday officially was Alabama.

Christmas became a national holiday in America on June, 26, 1870.

Coca Cola was the first beverage company to use Santa for a winter promotion.

In Greek, “X” means Christ (to clear up a common misconception). That is where the word “X-Mas” comes from. Not because someone took the “Christ” out of Christmas.

More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year.

The song “White Christmas” holds the credit as the most-selling Christmas single of all time. 

It wasn’t until about 200 years after Christ’s death that Christians started celebrating his birth. 

In Northern Europe, there was a holiday known as Yule. They celebrated this holiday by making great fires. They then would dance around the fires, yelling for the winter to end. 

Austria was the first country to issue a Christmas postage stamp. 

Silver and gold are the popular Christmas colors after red and green. 

Eggnog the popular Christmas food was an American discovery. 

The Christmas carol “I Saw Momma Kissing Santa Claus” was made famous by Jimmy Boyd when he was just 12 years old. 

Christmas lights were invented by the American Ralph E. Morris. 

Giant and colorful Christmas Lantern was first made in the Philippines, in the Province of San Fernando Pampanga. 

Canada is the largest exporter of Christmas trees.

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