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Christmas TreeWe’re wrapping up our blog post series about the holidays of Christmas. The first week, we explored the traditions of Hanukkah, and last week, we looked at the customs of Kwanzaa. Today, we’re going to finish up with the most popular holiday here in Wisconsin, Christmas.

Since you already a great deal about this merry holiday, we thought it might be fun to compile a list of fun facts that you might not know (until now, of course!)

  • You are familiar with Santa’s reindeer. They all have male-sounding names such as Comet, Cupid and Donner. However, male reindeer shed their antler around Christmastime, so the reindeer pulling the sleigh are likely to be female.
  • According to data analyzed by Facebook, two weeks before Christmas is one of the most popular times of the year for couples to break up; however, Christmas Day is the least favorite day to split.
  • Typically Christmas trees grow for 15 years before being sold.
  • One of the main reasons we give and receive presents at Christmas is to remind us of the presents given to Jesus by the wise men.
  • It wasn’t until June 26, 1870 that Christmas was declared an official holiday in the United States.
  • Renowned environmentalist, President Teddy Roosevelt banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1901.
  • The first Christmas postage stamp was issued in the United States in 1961.
  • The first printed reference of the Christmas tree was in Germany in the year 1531.
  • Spiders and spider webs are common Christmas trees decoration in Poland because according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus.
  • The first artificial Christmas tree was made out of dyed goose feathers in Germany.
  • According to UNICEF, there are approximately 2,106 million children under the age of 18 around the world. If there are an average of 2.5 children per household, Santa will have to make 842 million stops.

There you have it, a list of fun facts about Christmas. We hope you learned something new and can share it with your family at this year’s get-together.

The Lion Pride office will be closed Thursday and Friday of this week. We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

Sources:

http://www.funology.com/facts-about-christmas/

http://warm1069.com/50-festive-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-christmas/

http://facts.randomhistory.com/christmas-facts.html

http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/presents.shtml

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