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  • DID YOU KNOW—LITTLE KNOWN CHRISTMAS FACTS

    Posted on December 23rd, 2010 Pam 3 comments

    Did you know the holiday tune “Jingle Bells” was originally written in 1857, by James Pierpont to celebrate Thanksgiving?

    Did you know the temperature almost never gets above freezing at the North Pole?

    Did you know Christmas trees are useful in removing dust and pollen from the air in your house.

    The first company to make Christmas tree lights was Edison General Electric Company. The first mass production for Christmas tree lights started around 1890.

    By the 12th century, Christmas Trees were originally hung from the ceiling upside down, as a symbol of Christianity.

    The ‘x-mas’ abbreviation for Christmas isn’t irreligious; the first letter of Christ in Greek is Chi, which is identical to x.

    The custom of kissing under the mistletoe came from Scandivavion Mythology.

    The modern day Santa Claus was first introduced by Coco-Cola Company through artist Haddon Sundblom’s advertistments.

    The longest Monopoly game lasted 70 days.

    Sinterklass arrives by steamboat in the Netherlands.

    About 1.5 billion Christmas Cards are sent in the United States each year.

    Charles Dickins’ The Christmas Carol from 1943, has been filmed over 200 times.

    The US Post Office delivers about 20 billion letters, packages and cards between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Fruitcake originated in Ancient Egypt and was considered essential food for the afterlife.
    LED Christmas lights have a lifespan of about 100,000 hours.

    Yule, also called Winter Solstice, is the longest night of the year, having the greatest time of darkness.
    There are over 500 versions of White Christmas in many languages.

    The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree begins back in 1931, when workers set up a small, unadorned tree at the the construction site.

    The trunk of the Rockefeller Center tree is traditionally given to the US Equestrian team for use as a jumping obstacle.

    Over 77 Million Christmas Trees are planted each year in the US. 59% of real Christmas Trees are recycled in Community programs.

    Christmas cards were first sent in 1840 and originated in England.

    Stone yo-yos appeared in Greece around 1000 BC.

    The first iron skates were used in Scandinavia in the year 200, they were animal bones that were sharpened and pointed. They had holes drilled through them with straps to tie around the foot.

    In Greenland trees can’t live that far north so all Christmas trees must be imported.

    Teddy Bears were named after Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt when on a hunting trip, he refused to shoot
    a bear cub.

    I hope you enjoyed these ‘little known facts”. How many of these did you know?

    Merry Christmas to all of you bloggers out there!!!!!

     

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