Friday, December 17, 2010

Odd Christmas facts



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.


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5 COMMENTS:

william said...

love these facts xxx

Doris Sturm said...

Thanks for sharing that information, Kathy, but I am confused between these two:


Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday, and the tradition began in 1836.

Christmas wasn't officially recognized as a holiday until 1905 in Oklahoma.

Teena in Toronto said...

Thanks for the lesson :)

Happy blogoversary :)

Happy holidays :)

Nicole said...

And now it is just a long gone memory until it all starts again about October next year! Did you know that in the UK we receive a Christmas tree as a present from the City of Oslo, Norway every year to thank us for our support during WW2.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

i am following you here now...since you are shutting down the other blog :-)

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