Fun Facts

  • Christmas trees are also known as the Yule-tree.
  • Christmas trees are evergreen trees, usually either a fir tree, pine tree or spruce tree.
  • It is believed that decorating Christmas trees originated in 16th century Germany when Christians would bring decorated trees into their homes.
  • Some people say the Christmas season officially begins when Santa arrives at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
  • In 1836 Alabama became the first state in the US to declare Christmas a legal holiday. 
  • In June of 1970 Christmas became a federal holiday in the US.
  • Christmas trees were first decorated with foods such as apples, nuts and dates.
  • In the  18th century Christmas trees began being decorated with candles.
  • Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in 1895.
  • If you received all the gifts from the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” you would have 364 presents.
  • The song Jingle Bells was written by James Pierpont in 1857.  It was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh” and was made for Thanksgiving.
  • Did you know that tinsel was once made of real silver! It was invented in Germany in 1610.
  • The tradition of naughty children getting a lump of coal in their stocking comes from Italy.
  • The tallest Christmas tree ever displayed was in Seattle Washington in 1950.  The Christmas tree was 221 feet tall!
  • Santa Claus is also known as St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Grandfather Frost and Kris Kringle.
  • Santa is believed to bring gifts to good girls and boys on the night before Christmas (December 24th).
  • There are 3 towns in the Us that are named Santa Claus. One in Georgia, one in Arizona and one in Indiana.
  • Santa Clause 9  reindeer are named: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph.