I love Christmas. I love trivia. I love lists. And away we go…
1. Santa Claus was originally depicted as an elf until 1931 when Coca Cola portrayed him as human (thank goodness…elves freak me out!).
2. The first White House holiday tree was a live 24-foot Douglas fir. It cost $700. Holy moly.
3. Each year, 30-35 million Christmas trees are “produced” in the United States.
4. “O Holy Night” was first sung at a midnight mass in France in 1847.
5. More than 5 miles of lights are used to decorate the tree at Rockefeller Center.
6. The 1822 poem that we know as “The Night Before Christmas” was originally titled, “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas.” Sounds like f-u-n!
7. Although every U.S. state produces Christmas trees, the top producers are Oregon, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and California.
8. It is a tradition to hide a pickle ornament on your Christmas tree. The first person to find it is supposed to get good luck!
9. Irving Berlin had this to say about his song “White Christmas”: “Not only is it the best song I ever wrote, it’s the best song anybody ever wrote.”
10. It takes approximately 15 years for a sapling to mature into the Christmas tree that winds up in your home.
11. Woolworth Five and Ten is credited with the idea of giving employees a a Christmas bonus. (thank you, Woolworth!).
12. For every Christmas tree cut down, approximately three are planted.
13. There is an actual town in Indiana called “Santa Claus.” The United States Postal Service routes all letters addressed to Santa to this town! Seriously?
14. Rudolph’s original name was…Rollo. It was changed to Rudolph by Robert L. May in the 1939 song.
15. “Silent Night” has been translated into more languages than any other Christmas song.
16. More than 350,000 acres of land in the United States is used for growing Christmas trees.
Where did I soak in all this information? From reading all the trivia that comes across the screen while watching/listening to the Traditional Holiday Music channel on Comcast’s Music Choice. All. Afternoon. So, if you dispute any of these “facts,” take it up with Comcast. I’m just the messenger, folks.