Saturday, December 25, 2010
The word Christmas is old English, a contraction of Christ's Mass.
In Greek, X means Christ, so that's where the word Xmas came from.
Christmas became a national U.S. holiday on June 26, 1870.
The first state to recognize the holiday officially was Alabama.
During the Christmas buying season, Visa Cards alone are used an average 5,340 times a minute.
Rudolph was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930's for a holiday promotion.
Jingle Bells was first written for Thanksgiving, but is now one of the most popular Christmas songs.
Charles Dickens' famous work, "A Christmas Carol", was written in just six weeks.
Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895