1) The tallest Christmas tree ever displayed was in Seattle, Washington, measuring 221 feet tall.

2) When the candy cane was invented in Germany, it was shaped into a “J” for Jesus Christ. The red stripes symbolize His blood.

3) Black Friday is NOT the busiest shopping day of the year. That distinction goes to the two days just before Christmas.

4) Buying all the gifts from the “12 Days of Christmas” would cost you a ton of money — the most expensive being “Swans a Swimming,” about $6,300.

5) A popular tradition in Japan is to eat KFC for Christmas. It is so popular, in fact, that orders must be placed two months in advance.

6) The original location for the 1947 movie, “Miracle on 34th Street,” was the New York Macy’s in Herald Square. However, for the remake in 1994, Macy’s refused to participate, so the fictional Cole’s was created.

7)Christmas came from the words, “Cristes Maesse,” meaning “Mass of Christ.”

8) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer got his start as an advertising gimmick for Montgomery Ward in 1939.

9) Jingle Bells was originally a song about Thanksgiving in 1857. It also was the first song ever played in space, by astronauts Walter Schirra, Jr. and Thomas P. Stafford.

10) Christmas trees usually grow for nearly 15 years before they can be sold.

11) One in three men wait until Christmas Eve to do their holiday shopping.

12) Paul McCartney earns $400,000 a year from his “Wonderful Christmastime” song, widely regarded as the worst song he ever recorded.

13) More than 400,000 illnesses are caused by spoiled Christmas leftovers.

14)  Did you know that Oklahoma was the last U.S. state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1907.

15) Christmas is not the actual date of Christ’s birth; in fact, He was not even born in winter.

16) The original location for the 1947 movie, “Miracle on 34th Street,” was the New York Macy’s in Herald Square. However, for the remake in 1994, Macy’s refused to participate, so the fictional Cole’s was created.

17) Toys for Tots was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1947. A handmade doll was the first donation, and more than 5,000 toys were collected during that first drive.

18) Bing Crosby’s version of “White Christmas” is the highest-selling song of all time.

19) It only took six weeks for Charles Dickens to write, “A Christmas Carol.”

20) Americans purchase 1.6 billion Christmas cards every year.

21) Visa credit cards are used about 6,000 times every minute during the Christmas season.

22) Franklin Pierce was the first U.S. President to put up an official White House Christmas tree.

23) In Asia, white elephants were considered holy, but pricey to keep. Ezra Cornell adapted that term to gifts at Christmas gatherings — no value to the owner, but may have value to others.

24) Christmas lights were so expensive that they used to be rented rather than sold. An electrically lit tree was a status symbol in the early 1900s (and a lot less dangerous than candles).

25) Treasure Island writer Robert Louis Stevenson willed his Nov. 13 birthday to the daughter of a friend who hated her Christmas birthday.

26) November and December are two of the most dangerous months of the year because of holiday decorating injuries, 34 percent of which are falls.

27) The top six Christmas tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Washington and Wisconsin.

28) The word “Merry” in Merry Christmas was not always socially acceptable, because being merry used to signify slight intoxication.

29) The abbreviation X in X-mas is not an abbreviation; it actually stands for “Chi,” meaning Christ in Greek.

30) Krampus is a demonic character that wanders the streets with chains and bells looking for misbehaving children. This is one of the scariest Central European Christmas traditions.

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