23 Days ‘Til Christmas! 23 Facts About Christmas!

Jacey Starks and Gabby Vizueth

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Christmas is in 23 days ladies and gentlemen! Let’s get excited! Here are 23 interesting facts about Christmas:

  1. “Jingle Bells” was not always a Christmas song.
  2. Celebrating Christmas was illegal between the years 1659 and 1681.
  3. A Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus.
  4. Spiders and spider webs were used as Christmas decorations.
  5. Tinsel was made of real silver.
  6. Brenda Lee recorded the original song called “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” at age 13.
  7. If you added all of the Christmas gifts in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas,” it would add up to 364 gifts.
  8. Almost 23 sets of Lego are sold every second during the Christmas season.
  9. Coca Cola was the first company to use Santa Clause as a promotion.
  10. The first Christmas was celebrated on December 25, 336 A.D. in Rome.
  11. Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states.
  12. Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  13. Christmas trees were originally decorated with fruits especially apples.
  14. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are busier than Black Friday.
  15. The largest floating Christmas tree is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  16. Once a Christmas tree is harvested, two to three is planted in its place.
  17. The tallest living Christmas tree is 122 feet and 91 years old.
  18. In 1962, the U.S. introduced the first Christmas postage stamp.
  19. In Italy, a Christmas dinner can last more than four hours due to having seven courses.
  20. In Guatemala, adults don’t exchange gifts until New Year’s Day.
  21. It took Charles Dickens six weeks to write “A Christmas Carol.”
  22. In Hawaii, Santa is called Kanakaloka.
  23. Visa cards are used 5,000-6,000 times every minute during the Christmas season.