Christmas Trivia!

So you’ve got the basics of Christmas down–birth of Jesus, tree, presents, Santa and his reindeer…easy stuff.  But what about–the first year that Christmas lights were used?  Or which famous hotel magnate was also born on Christmas Day?  Well luckily, we at mycatholicblog love all things Christmas, so we are happy to present some of our favorite Christmas trivia:

Well, first of all, Christmas lights were first used in 1895, the idea pioneered by American Ralph E. Morris.

Conrad Hilton was the famous hotel magnate born on December 25, 1887.  Others born on Christmas Day include Sir Isaac Newton, Clara Barton, and Humphrey Bogart.

The first Christmas card was created in England on December 9, 1842.  Hallmark first introduced their Christmas cards in 1915, five years after the company was founded.  Today, more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent annually in the United States alone.

In 1907, Oklahoma became the first state to declare Christmas a favorite holiday.

And finally, did you know that, according to the National Christmas Tree Association, Americans buy 37.1 million real Christmas trees each year?  For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2-3 seeds are planted in its place.

More facts about Christmas can be found here, and of course, feel free to share any other interesting Christmas facts with us!

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