2. If you got all the gifts from the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, you would receive 364 gifts in total.
3. You’d probably have to use your artificial Christmas tree for 20 years for it to be more environmentally friendly than buying a real tree each year. On the other hand, dried-out real Christmas trees spark up to a hundred fires in the United States each year, causing an average of 10 deaths, and result in $15.7 million in property damage!
4. The oldest Christmas markets in the world started in Munich, Germany, around 1310.
5. Surprisingly, the Christmas carol Jingle Bells was originally written for Thanksgiving And, also made history in 1965, when the crew of NASA’s Gemini 6A played Jingle Bells, making it the first song to be played in space.
6. Approximately 45 million people travel each year for the Christmas season in the US.
7. Americans send more than 3 billion Christmas cards each year. (Who said the post is dead? In fact, U.S. Postal Service delivered an estimated 910 million packages over the festive period and almost 15 billion pieces of mail.
8. A word to the wise, mistletoe was originally an ancient Druid symbol of fertility and virility and was considered to be an aphrodisiac.
9. Black Friday is not the busiest shopping day of the year! The busiest days are the last Friday and Saturday before Christmas.
10. Real Christmas trees have been sold in the US ever since 1850. They can take up to 6-8 years to grow.
11. There are more types of Christmas food than you think!
12. Belgium holds the world record for most lights lit on a Christmas tree – 194,672.
13. A 122 foot (37m), 91-year-old Christmas tree in Woodville, Washington is the tallest living Christmas tree in the world.
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