Christmas Trivia and Fun Facts
There's no other holiday like Christmas and that’s what makes it so special. Although it’s observed around the world, many of us celebrate without knowing how our traditions got started or what they signify. Knowing the hows and whys help us understand Christmas and the holiday season.
The trivia below reminds us that there is quite a bit of history behind our family customs. Try using it to make your own Christmas quiz for holiday parties and add a unique touch with personal favorites.
- The word Christmas is Old English, a contraction of Christ's Mass.
- The first president to decorate the white house Christmas tree in the United States was Franklin Pierce.
- Germany made the first artificial Christmas trees. They were made of goose feathers and dyed green.
- Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.
- The first Christmas cards were vintage and invented in 1843, the Victorian Era.
- "It's a Wonderful Life" appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie.
- Rudolph" was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930's for a holiday promotion. The rest is history.
- The Nutcracker" is the most famous Christmas ballet.
- Jingle Bells" was first written for Thanksgiving and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs.
- If you received all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," you would receive 364 gifts.
- The poinsettia plant was brought into the United States from Mexico by Joel Poinsett in the early 1800's.
- Holly berries are poisonous.
- Contrary to common belief, poinsettia plants are non-toxic.
- Mistletoe was chosen as Oklahoma's state flower in 1893 and later changed to the state floral emblem.
- In 1843, "A Christmas Carol" was written by Charles Dickens in just six weeks.
- The first state to recognize the Christmas holiday officially was Alabama.
- Christmas became a national holiday in America on June, 26, 1870.
- An angel told Mary she was going to have a baby.
- Black Friday is not the busiest shopping day of the year. Although it varies, it usually lands sometime in December.
- 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.
- Traditionally, Christmas trees are taken down after Epiphany.
- More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year.
- In Mexico, wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve is said to bring new love in the upcoming year.
- A snowflake has six points.
- Eggnog first became popular in England where it was considered a drink for the upper class.
- Oregon produces the most real Christmas trees in the United States.