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What’s a Magic Santa Key?

Kids have been hanging their stockings by the chimney and waiting for Santa to fill them for hundreds of years. But these days, plenty of folks don’t have chimneys, and curious kids may wonder how Santa Claus can get into a locked house. If you haven’t heard, the answer is a magic Santa key. These…

History of the First U.S. Christmas Stamp

During the holidays, Americans love to send Christmas cards and letters. In fact, we send about 2 billion greeting cards at this time of year. And many of them are affixed with colorful Christmas postage stamps produced by the US Postal Service for the occasion. It’s hard to imagine a time when these festive seasonal…

The History of Christmas Stockings

Clement Moore immortalized the line, “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…” with his famous Christmas poem, “The Night Before Christmas.” But how did the tradition of hanging stockings on Christmas Eve get started? Saint Nicholas One possible reason for the Christmas stocking tradition may be related to Saint Nicholas, the real figure…

Jesus Candy Cane Poems

Were candy canes invented as a way to remind people at Christmas of Jesus’ sacrifice? While history doesn’t seem to support this idea completely, the shape of today’s candy canes does have religious roots. A choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany is thought to be the first person to turn straight white candy sticks…

The Tradition of Holiday Greeting Cards

Many people enjoy receiving Christmas greeting cards during the holidays, but have you ever stopped to wonder how the tradition of sending Christmas cards began? Sir Henry Cole, a British inventor and civil servant, produced the first commercial holiday cards in 1843. He commissioned an artist named John Horsley to illustrate them, and Cole obliged…

12 Pieces of Christmas Trivia

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…

Christmas Customs Around The World

Article by Cherry In many countries of the world, people will purchase all kinds of Christmas gifts and food before the celebration of Christmas on December 25th, whether in the store or the mall are decorated on the colored lights and shiny decorations, especially the Christmas trees which will be decorated with lights and Christmas…