Amazing facts about Christmas Trees

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Christmas Day is an annual Christian holiday held on December 25th celebrating the birth of Jesus. Christmas trees are also known as the Yule-tree.

Facts About Christmas Trees

  • hristmas trees are evergreen trees, usually either a fir tree, pine tree or spruce tree.
  •  Decorating Christmas trees originated in 16th century Germany when Christians would bring decorated trees into their homes.
  •  The Christmas season officially begins when Santa arrives at the end of the Macy’s Thanks giving Parade.
  •  X means Christ in Greek so to shorten the word Christmas we sometimes use X-Mas.
  •  In 1836 Alabama became the first state in the US to declare Christmas a legal holiday.
  • Oklahoma became the last state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1907.
  •  In June of 1970 Christmas became a federal holiday in the US.
  •  Christmas trees were first decorated with foods such as apples, nuts and dates.
  •  In the 18th century Christmas trees began being decorated with candles.
  •  Electric Christmas trees lights were first used in 1895.
  • Did you know that giving presents were once banned by the Catholic Church?  It was believed that gift giving was connected to paganism.
  •  If you received all the gifts from the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” you would have 364 presents.
  • Do you know why we say the Twelve Days of Christmas?  It is believed that it took the 3 kings 12 days to find baby Jesus.
  • The song Jingle Bells was written by James Pierpont in 1857.  It was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh” and was made for Thanksgiving.
  • Many years ago in England a traditional Christmas dinner included a pig head served with mustard.
  • The tradition of naughty children getting a lump of coal in their stocking comes from Italy.
  • Did you know that tinsel was once made of real silver! It was invented in Germany in 1610.
  •  There are two islands named Christmas. Christmas Island (formerly Kiritimati) in the Pacific Ocean and Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.
  • The tallest Christmas trees ever displayed was in Seattle Washington in 1950.  The Christmas trees was 221 feet tall!
  • It is said that candy canes were invented by a candy maker in Indiana.  He wanted to use them to spread the name Jesus around the world.
  • Santa Claus is also known as St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Grandfather Frost and Kris Kringle.
  •  Santa is believed to bring gifts to good girls and boys on the night before Christmas (December 24th).
  • There are 3 towns in the US that are named Santa Claus. One in Georgia, one in Arizona and one in Indiana.
  • Santa Claus 8 eight reindeer are named: Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donder Blitzen

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