Fun Interesting Christmas Facts for Kids

 

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  • Christmas is an annual Christian holiday held on December 25th celebrating the birth of Jesus.
  • Christmas trees are evergreen trees, usually either a fir tree, pine tree or spruce tree.
  • It is believed that decorating Christmas trees originated in 16th century Germany when Christians would bring decorated trees into their homes.
  • Some people say the Christmas season officially begins when Santa arrives at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
  • Did you ever wonder where X-Mas came from? X means Christ in Greek so to shorten the word Christmas we sometimes use X-Mas.
  • In 1836 Alabama became the first state in the US to declare Christmas a legal holiday.
  • Oklahoma became the last state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1907.
  • In June of 1870 Christmas became a federal holiday in the US.
  • Christmas trees were first decorated with foods such as apples, nuts and dates.
  • In the  18th century Christmas trees began being decorated with candles.
  • Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in 1895.
  • Did you know that giving presents were once banned by the Catholic Church.  It was believed that gift giving was connected to paganism.
  • If you received all the gifts from the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” you would have 364 presents.
  • Do you know why we say the Twelve Days of Christmas?  It is believed that it took the 3 kings 12 days to find baby Jesus.
  • The song Jingle Bells was written by James Pierpont in 1857.  It was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh” and was made for Thanksgiving.
  • Many years ago in England a traditional Christmas dinner included a pig head served with mustard.
  • The tradition of naughty children getting a lump of coal in their stocking comes from Italy.
  • Did you know that tinsel was once made of real silver! It was invented in Germany in 1610.
  • There are two islands named Christmas.  Christmas Island (formerly Kiritimati) in the Pacific Ocean and Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.
  • The tallest Christmas tree ever displayed was in Seattle Washington in 1950.  The Christmas tree was 221 feet tall!
  • It is said that candy canes were invented by a candy maker in Indiana.  He wanted to use them to spread the name Jesus around the world.
  • Santa Claus is also known as St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Grandfather Frost and Kris Kringle. Click Here for more Santa Claus Facts!
  • Santa is believed to bring gifts to good girls and boys on the night before Christmas (December 24th).
  • There are 3 towns in the Us that are named Santa Claus. One in Georgia, one in Arizona and one in Indiana.
  • Santa Claus 8 eight reindeer are named: Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donder Blitzen.

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