BAY CITY, Mich. –Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We’re sparking up the Christmas cheer with delicious cookies, decorated trees, and festive music. But do we know where any of these holiday traditions come from? Take a look at our 15 magical facts about Christmas to learn all about the celebration of this holiday.
15 Magical Facts About Christmas:
- Alabama was the first state in the US to recognized Christmas, in 1836, while Oklahoma was the last, in 1907.
- In 1962, the very first Christmas postage stamp was issued in the U.S.
- Edward Johnson invented Christmas lights in 1882.
- Santa’s traditional red suit came from a 1930s advertisement by Coca Cola.
- “Silent Night” the most recorded song ever, with over 730 different versions copyrighted since 1978.
- “White Christmas,” which was released in 1942, is the best selling Christmas song.
- Each year over 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in just the U.S.
- Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of total retail sales in the U.S.
- The tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-ft Douglas fir that was displayed in Seattle, Washington at the Northgate Shopping Center in 1950.
- Christmas trees have been sold in the U.S since 1850.
- Trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold for Christmas.
- About 30–35 million real Christmas tress are sold each year in the U.S.
- The highest-grossing Christmas movie is How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the Jim Carrey version).
- Due to international time zones, Santa actually has 31 hours to deliver presents around the world.
- Santa travels 4,796, 250 mph to deliver toys to all the kids around the world.
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