Christmas Traditions

  1. “Christmas dinner is the primary meal traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. In many ways the meal is similar to a standard Sunday dinner.

  1. Christmas feasts have traditionally been luxurious and abundant. King John of England, in the year 1213, ordered about 3,000 capons, 1,000 salted eels, 400 hogs, 100 pounds of almonds and 24 casks of wine for his Christmas feast.

  1. Australians celebrate Christmas in summer, so there's no snow, no crackling fires (unless it's a BBQ) and Santa rides a surfboard instead of a sleigh.

  1. The average American family spends about $800 on Christmas gifts every year.

  1. Thirty-seven million fresh Christmas trees are sold each year.

  1. Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday, starting in 1836.

  1. More than 1.76 billion candy canes are made annually for the Christmas season.

  1. Barnum's animal crackers in the circus-themed box were designed with a string handle so they could hang on a Christmas tree.

  1. Sugarplums are actually chocolate candies with cream, fruit preserves, or other sweet fillings inside.

  1. Wassail is a beverage dating back to the Middle Ages. The word is derived from the Old Norse ves heill, meaning "in good health." This evolved into visiting neighbors on Christmas Eve and drinking to their health.Traditional wassail contained ale, wine, or hard cider topped with beaten eggs or stale bread. Modern recipes for wassail use hot apple cider simmered with spices and sweetened with honey.

  1. In 1670, a choirmaster in Cologne, Germany, bent the ends of Candy Canes to resemble a shepherd's staff and handed them out to children during church services to keep them quiet. In the early 1900s, candy canes acquired their famous stripes. The first candy canes were straight, white sticks of sugar candy used as Christmas tree decorations.

  1. Eating mincemeat pie on Christmas dates back to the 16th century. Traditionally, it was thought that eating a small pie on each of the 12 days of Christmas would bring good luck in the New Year.

  1. The word Christmas is Old English, a contraction of Christ's Mass.

  1. he first president to decorate the white house Christmas tree in the United States was Franklin Pierce.

  1. Germany made the first artificial Christmas trees. They were made of goose feathers and dyed green.

  1. Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.

  1. The first Christmas cards were vintage and invented in 1843, the Victorian Era.

  1. "It's a Wonderful Life" appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie.

  1. Rudolph" was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930's for a holiday promotion. The rest is history.

  1. The Nutcracker" is the most famous Christmas ballet.

  1. Jingle Bells" was first written for Thanksgiving and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs.

  1. If you received all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," you would receive 364 gifts.

  1. The poinsettia plant was brought into the United States from Mexico by Joel Poinsett in the early 1800's.

  1. Holly berries are poisonous.

  1. Contrary to common belief, poinsettia plants are non-toxic.

  1. Mistletoe was chosen as Oklahoma's state flower in 1893 and later changed to the state floral emblem.

  1. In 1843, "A Christmas Carol" was written by Charles Dickens in just six weeks.

  1. Christmas became a national holiday in America on June, 26, 1870.

  1. Clearing up a common misconception, in Greek, X means Christ. That is where the word "X-Mas" comes from. Not because someone took the "Christ" out of Christmas.

  1. Traditionally, Christmas trees are taken down after Epiphany.

  1. More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year.

  1. In Mexico, wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve is said to bring new love in the upcoming year.

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