Christmas Trivia

Christmas Trivia
  • The word Christmas is Old English, a contraction of Christ's Mass.

  • The first president to decorate the white house Christmas tree in the United States was Franklin Pierce.

  • Germany made the first artificial Christmas trees. They were made of goose feathers and dyed green.

  • Jingle Bells" was first written for Thanksgiving and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs.

  • In Greek, X means Christ. That is where the word "X-Mas" comes from. Not because someone took the "Christ” out of Christmas.

  • Traditionally, Christmas trees are taken down after Epiphany.

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

  • In Mexico, wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve is said to bring new love in the upcoming year.

  • At Christmas, Ukrainians prepare a traditional twelve-course meal. A family's youngest child watches through the window for the evening star to appear, a signal that the feast can begin.

  • Candy canes began as straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorated the Christmas trees. A choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral decided have the ends bent to depict a shepherd's crook and he would pass them out to the children to keep them quiet during the services. It wasn't until about the 20th century that candy canes acquired their red stripes.