Christmas Fun Facts

  • U.S. scientist calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes per second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas eve, traveling at 650 miles a second.
  • Nearly 60 million Christmas trees are grown each year in Europe.
  • This abbreviation – Xmas – is not irreligious.  The letter X is a Greek abbreviation for Christ.
  • The world’s tallest Christmas tree at 221 feet high was erected in a Washington shopping mall in 1950.
  • The Beatles hold the record for the most Christmas No. 1 singles, topping the charts in 1963, 1965 and 1967.
  • Electric tree lights were invented by Edward Johnson in the U.S. in 1882.
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  •  One town in Indiana is called Santa Claus.  There is also a Santa, Idaho.
  • The popular song Jingle Bells was actually written for Thanksgiving.  It was written by James Pierpont and was orginally called “One Horse Open Sleigh.”
  • Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday that began in 1836.
  • In the U.S., trash from wrapping paper and shopping bags totals 4 million tons.
  • The U.S. postal service delivers 20 billion cards and packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 
 
 
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