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Day 18a: Christmas Fun Facts!

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Christmas is one week from today! Wow!

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- More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year.

- The first state to recognize the Christmas holiday officially was Alabama.

- Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.

- A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard. Considering changing to this English classic?

- Christmas became a national U.S. holiday in 1870.

- Christmas trees are edible. The needles on pines, spruces and firs are actually a good source of Vitamin C and the pine cones are a good source of nutrition. So forget about the orange juice and go munch on your Christmas tree.

- “Jingle Bells” was first written for Thanksgiving but later became one of the most popular Christmas songs.

- During the Christmas buying season, Visa Cards alone are used an average of 5, 340 times every minute in the U.S.

- The abbreviation of Xmas for Christmas was not meant to be irreligious. The first letter of the word Christ in Greek is chi, which is identical to our X. Xmas was originally an ecclesiastical abbreviation that was used in tables and charts.

- If an elf bites you, you become one.

- $512 million – The gross earnings of Christmas tree farmers with North Carolina ($134 million) winning out as the top producer. Oregon was next at $121 million in sales.

- “Hot cockles” was a popular game at Christmas in medieval times. It was a game in which the other players took turns striking the blindfolded player, who had to guess the name of the person delivering each blow. “Hot cockles” was still a Christmas pastime until the Victorian era.

- 7 out of 10 dogs get Christmas gifts from their doting owners.

- Although many believe the Friday after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year, it is not. It is the fifth to tenth busiest day. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the two busiest shopping days of the year.

- For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place.

- It is estimated that 400,000 people become sick each year from eating tainted Christmas leftovers.

- More than three billion Christmas cards are sent annually in the United States.

- Theodore Roosevelt, a staunch conservationist, banned Christmas trees in his home, even when he lived in the White House. His children, however, smuggled them into their bedrooms.

OK…so there are a few “fun facts” for you!