Wednesday, December 24, 2014

15 Fun Facts About Christmas!

We all know that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but how much do you really know about your favorite holiday? In order to help you completely embrace the Christmas Spirit, your friends at Surdyke Yamaha in Osage Beach have put together a list of our favorite trivia facts about Christmas. Prepare to be the hit at all your Christmas gatherings!


"Jingle Bells" was originally intended to be a song for Thanksgiving.

Santa Claus, Indiana and Santa, Idaho are real towns.

Christmas Day was first celebrated in Rome in 336 AD.

No one knows who the first President to decorate a Christmas tree in the White House was. Some say it was 14th President, Franklin Pierce, but others say it was the 23rd President, Benjamin Harrison.

Most people in Japan celebrate Christmas by eating strawberry shortcake and fried chicken.

Americans send more than 3 billion Christmas cards every year.

1/6 of all retail purchases made in a year are Christmas-related.

The Guinness Book of World Records claims that the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was 221 feet tall in Seattle, Washington. The Douglas fir stood proudly at the Northgate Shopping Center in 1950.

1991 was the first year that more fake Christmas were sold than real ones. They have continued to sell more ever since.

The first electric Christmas lights were used in 1854.

Apples were the first decorations to be used on a Christmas tree.

In 1836, Alabama became the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday.

In 1907, Oklahoma became the last state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday.

Holly berries are poisonous.

The first Christmas-themed postage stamp was printed in 1962.

On behalf of all of us at the Lake's #1 marine dealer, we want to take this opportunity wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope this holiday season is your best yet. Happy Holidays!

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