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10 Christmas Facts You Probably Didn't Know

We're pretty sure you can feel Christmas inching closer, but how much do you really know about the fun facts surrounding this cheerful occasion that the whole world celebrates each year? Read on to find out where the first Christmas trees were made, when the first Christmas lights were lit, the story behind a popular Christmas song, and many other facts you probably didn't know!

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It’s only a matter of time before Christmas is upon us once more. Are you done with your preparations — the shopping lists, the gift lists, Christmas dinner lists, and all the other lists you could probably need for a happy Holidays?

Well, you probably don’t have a fun list of Christmas trivia yet, do you? We scoured the Web for some of the most interesting facts about Christmas that you probably didn’t know (or don’t remember anymore), just for fun this Yuletide season!

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

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

The first commercial Christmas Card, which many believe Sir Henry Cole started selling in 1843. Image via Retronaut

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

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4. “Rudolph” was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930’s for a holiday promotion. The rest is history.

5. “Jingle Bells” was first written for Thanksgiving and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs.

6. If you received all of the gifts in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” you would receive 364 gifts.

7. Mrs. Claus, Santa’s wife, was first introduced to the world in 1889 in the book Goody Santa Claus On A Sleigh Ride by the poet Katherine Lee Bates.

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8. Christmas caroling began as an old English custom called Wassailing (from the Old Norse “ves heill”) — toasting neighbors to a long and healthy life.

9. You can spend your holidays in the United States in these destinations: Christmas, Florida; Santa Claus, Indiana; Noel, Missouri; and Rudolph, Wisconsin.

10. In the early days, toys and candies were dangled from the Christmas tree. By early 1900s, gifts were wrapped in white tissue paper and red satin ribbon.

All information for this article were sourced from Christmas Celebrations, TLC, UsefulTrivia.com, and Corsinet.

written by plasticpopsicle


  1. diomaxwelle


    Side note on "Jingle Bells": the other 2 stanzas (not including repetitions of the chorus) are about a young lad taking a lady for a ride, having a minor crash and his rival laughing at him, as well as advice on how to properly drive a sleigh and not make the same mistake. XD The version by the Barenaked Ladies was the first time I'd ever heard "the rest" of the song.

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  2. souris-stranger


    great! i've translated it a minute ago for russian :3

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  3. viihm


    Thanks for the facts. o/
    I've translated it for Portuguese :)

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  4. monkeydance


    I see quiz-material here :)

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