Most of you know that I have a thing for oddness. For Halloween I gave you some odd laws that were still on the books. Now it's time for some odd Christmas facts.
There are 364 gifts mentioned in "The Twelve Days of Christmas".
America's official national Christmas tree is located in King's Canyon National Park in California. The tree, a giant sequoia called the "General Grant Tree", is over 90 meters (300 feet) high, and was made the official Christmas tree in 1925.
In Armenia, the traditional Christmas Eve meal consists of fried fish, lettuce and spinach.
Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday, and the tradition began in 1836.
In 1647, the English parliament passed a law that made Christmas illegal. The Puritan leader Oliver Cromwell, who considered feasting and revelry on what was supposed to be a holy day to be immoral, banned the Christmas festivities. The ban was lifted only when Cromwell lost power in 1660.
The Canadian province of Nova Scotia leads the world in exporting lobster, wild blueberries, and Christmas trees.
Electric Christmas lights were first used in 1854.
Every year since the 1930's, Hollywood Boulevard has been officially re-named Santa Claus Lane, during Hollywood's annual Christmas parade.
Christmas wasn't officially recognized as a holiday until 1905 in Oklahoma.
Americans spend approximately $31.9 billion dollars on Christmas.