1. In 1836, Alabama became the first state to recognize December 25 as a legal holiday. It didn’t become a federal holiday until 1870.
2. Because Christmas trees used to be decorated with real candles, people used to keep water-filled containers near their Christmas tree.
3. Workers in the construction industry are responsible for the tradition of having a Christmas tree on display at Rockefeller Center in New York City. They are credited with placing an undecorated tree at the site in the early 1930s.
4. Since the mid-1960s, The National Christmas Tree Association has donated a Christmas tree to the First Family to decorate the White House.
5. The former Woolworth department store first sold manufactured Christmas tree ornaments in 1880.
6. The first mass-produced Christmas greeting card was printed in Britain in the late 1830s.
7. The use of Xmas for Christmas has been used for hundreds of years and is derived from the Greek word ‘Xristos,’ which means Christ.
8. According to the National Confectioners Association, candy canes were white only (no stripes) for about 200 years. The now-familiar red-and-white stripes first started appearing after 1900.
9. Santa’s wife, Mrs. Claus, was first mentioned in print by the poet Katherine Lee Bates, who wrote a poem called “Goody Santa Claus On A Sleigh Ride” in 1889.
10. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was originally written as a promotional giveaway for Montgomery Ward department stores.
11. The real Saint Nicholas was born in the part of the world that is now known as Turkey.
12. The US Congress was in session on Christmas Day, 1789, the first Christmas to be observed under the country’s new constitution.