Holiday Fun Facts:
  • Doctor Maulana Karenga, a Professor at Cal State Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966.
  • Coca Cola was the first beverage company to use Santa for a winter promotion.
  • In 1947, Toys for Tots organized its first Christmas toy drive for needy youngsters.
  • "White Christmas" (1954), starring Bing Crosby, was the first movie to be made in Vista Vision, a deep-focus process.
  • In 1843, "A Christmas Carol" was written by Charles Dickens in just six weeks.
  • In New York, it's not officially Christmastime until the tree is lit at Rockefeller Center. The first tree appeared in 1931.
  • More than 50,000 people are expected to attend 28 holiday parties at the White House in December 2009.
  • In Japan, Santa is called "Santa no ojisan," which means "Uncle Santa."
  • "It's a Wonderful Life" appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie.
  • "It's a Wonderful Life" appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie.
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