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Christmas Trivia and Fun Facts


There's no other holiday like Christmas. Many of us celebrate the holidays without knowing how our traditions got started or what they signify. Christmas is much more fun when you know some facts behind the holiday.

Most of these facts are very interesting and reminds us that there is quite a bit of history behind our family customs. Try using the trivia to make your own Christmas quiz for holiday parties and add a unique touch with personal favorites.

Christmas Holiday Trivia

arrow The word Christmas is Old English, a contraction of Christ's Mass.

arrow The first president to decorate the white house Christmas tree in the United States was Franklin Pierce.

arrow Germany made the first artificial Christmas trees. They were made of goose feathers and dyed green.

arrow Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.

arrow The first Christmas cards were vintage and invented in 1843, the Victorian Era. (You can read more about the history of Christmas Cards here.)

arrow "It's a Wonderful Life" appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie.

arrow Rudolph" was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930's for a holiday promotion. The rest is history.

arrow The Nutcracker" is the most famous Christmas ballet.

arrow Jingle Bells" was first written for Thanksgiving and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs.

arrow If you received all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," you would receive 364 gifts.

arrow The poinsettia plant was brought into the United States from Mexico by Joel Poinsett in the early 1800's.

arrow Holly berries are poisonous.

arrow Contrary to common belief, poinsettia plants are non-toxic.

arrow Mistletoe was chosen as Oklahoma's state flower in 1893 and later changed to the state floral emblem.

arrow In 1843, "A Christmas Carol" was written by Charles Dickens in just six weeks.

arrow The first state to recognize the Christmas holiday officially was Alabama.

arrow Christmas became a national holiday in America on June, 26, 1870.

arrow An angel told Mary she was going to have a baby.

arrow Black Friday is not the busiest shopping day of the year. Although it varies, it usually lands sometime in December.

arrow Clearing up a common misconception, in Greek, X means Christ. That is where the word "X-Mas" comes from. Not because someone took the "Christ" out of Christmas.

arrow Traditionally, Christmas trees are taken down after Epiphany.

arrow More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year.

arrow In Mexico, wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve is said to bring new love in the upcoming year.

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