Random Facts About Christmas

I love random facts.  Here are random facts about Christmas:

Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.

“Jingle Bells” was actually written for Thanksgiving.

If you totaled all the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas it would equal 364 gifts.

An artificial Christmas tree would have to be reused for more than 20 years to be “greener” than buying a fresh-cut tree annually.

The people of Oslo, Norway donate the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree every year in gratitude to the people of London for their assistance during WWII.

Christmas trees have been sold in the U.S. since 1850.

During the Christmas season Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,345 times every minute in the United States.

Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.

Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.

Christmas wasn’t declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870.

President Theodore Roosevelt banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1912 because he was an environmentalist.

More diamonds are bought at Christmas time than any other holiday or occasion.

The abbreviation X-mas comes from the Greek letter “chi” which is an abbreviation for the word” Christ” in Greek.

Merry Christmas! 🙂