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Christmas Fun Facts Gallery

These Christmas facts are sure to wow even Santa! Brush up on your holiday knowledge with these fun facts. You can even use them to plan some fun Christmas party games that your guests will love!

  • The first United States President to decorate the White House Christmas tree was Franklin Pierce.

  • Santa Claus gets his origins from St. Nicholas, a generous man from the 4th Century A.D. who helped children and the poor. He often threw gifts through childrens windows to make them happy. The story was brought to America by Dutch immigrants who called the man "Sinter Klaas."

  • Mistletoe was used by Druid priests 200 years before the birth of Christ in their winter celebrations. They revered the plant since it had no roots yet remained green during the cold months of winter.

  • In the Thomas Nast cartoon that first depicted Santa Claus with a sleigh and reindeer, he was delivering Christmas gifts to soldiers fighting in the U. S. Civil War. The cartoon, entitled "Santa Claus in Camp," appeared in Harper's Weekly on January 3, 1863

  • In 1610 Tinsel, made of real silver, was invented in Germany.

  • "White Christmas" sung by Bing Crosby was released in 1942 and is considered to be the best-selling Christmas song of all time.

  • The worlds largest Christmas wreath, as designated by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1988, was 116 feet in diameter and weighed 9060 pounds. It was constructed at the Clemonsville Christmas Tree Farm in Maryland and made from fresh evergreens on an oak framework.

  • The first Animal Crackers were not made for eating...they were made as Christmas tree decorations!

  • In 1670, the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany handed out sugar sticks to his young singers to keep them quiet during long Living Creche ceremonies. In honor of the occasion, he had the candies bent into shepherds' crooks. It wasn't until the turn of the century that the red and white stripes and peppermint flavors became the norm.

  • Lauscha, a Germany company, started producing glass bead garlands for Christmas Trees in the 1850s.

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