• Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as
an official holiday in 1836.
• The busiest holiday shopping day? The day after
Thanksgiving? Nope. It’s usually the last Saturday or Sunday before the
Good choice: Before settling on the name of Tiny Tim for his character in “A
Christmas Carol,” three other alliterative names were considered by author
Charles Dickens: Little Larry, Puny Pete and Small Sam.
The upside-down J doesn’t symbolize the first letter of Jesus’ name: A
choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral in Germany decided have the ends of straight
white candy canes bent to depict a shepherd’s crook, and he would pass them out
to the children to keep them quiet during the services.
• Always with the Christmas spirit: Santa Claus, Ariz.;
Santa Claus, Ind.; Noel, Mo.; Christmas, Ariz.; and Christmas, Fla.
• The first electric Christmas tree lights were flipped on
Diamonds are Santa’s best friend. Thirty-one percent of all diamonds are
purchased during the Christmas shopping season, the most of any holiday or
special occasion of the year.
Christmas trees are edible. The needles are a good source of vitamin C. Pine
nuts or pinecones are good sources of nutrition.