Holiday Fun Facts:
  • The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center has more than 25,000 lights but no other ornaments except for the star on top.
  • Christmas cookies for Santa began during the Great Depression to inspire children to share with others in hard times.
  • Two years before directing a "A Christmas Story," Bob Clark had a hit with "Porky's."
  • More than 330,000 real Christmas trees are sold via e-commerce or catalogs.
  • Queen Elizabeth's Christmas message to the nation was first televised on December 25, 1957.
  • In New York, it's not officially Christmastime until the tree is lit at Rockefeller Center. The first tree appeared in 1931.
  • Christmas cards account for 60% of all card sales. A distant second is Valentine's Day at 25%.
  • In Sweden, a common Christmas decoration is the Julbukk, a small figurine of a goat made of straw.
  • Candy canes began as straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorated the Christmas trees.
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