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    Posted on December 24th, 2011 Pam No comments

    1. Stone yo-yos appeared in Greece around 100 BC. (how old are your toys?)

    2. Each week, Mattel sells 1.5 million Barbie Dolls, about two per second.

    3. The tradition of exchanging gifts started by the Ancient Romans.

    4. There are twelve courses in the Ukrainian Christmas eve supper. Each dedicated to one of Christ’s Apostles.

    5. Alabama was the first state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1836.

    6. Bing Crosby’s famous “White Christmas” won an Oscar in 1942.

    7. Gingerbread houses were made famous by the fairytale, Hansel and Gretel.

    8. The candy cane was created by a candymaker in India. Early versions of candy canes were straight, but in the late 1600’s were bent to resemble a shepherd’s staff.

    9. Candy canes started as a treat to keep the children’s choir quiet during ceremonies in the late 1600s.

    10. The sale of Christmas trees began in the US in 1851.

    11. For each Christmas tree cut down roughly three are planted. It takes about 15 years for a Christmas tree to grow from a sapling to full size.

    12. A Christmas tree a day keeps the doctor away. Edible white pine needles are high in Vitamin C. (YUCK!!)

    13. The first electric Christmas tree lights were sold by General Electric in 1903.

    14. Almost $8 billion are spent on Christmas decorations each year.

    15. Poinsettias are the most popular Christmas plant and is the number one flowering potted plant in the United States.

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