Facts About Christmas Day

Christmas Day, celebrated on December 25, marks the birth of Jesus Christ according to Christian belief.

Did you know? The tradition of Christmas trees originated in Germany in the 16th century.

Santa Claus, a Christmas icon, is based on St. Nicholas, known for his generous gifts to the poor.

Jingle Bells, a popular Christmas song, was originally written for Thanksgiving.

The first Christmas was celebrated on December 25, 336 A.D. in Rome.

Each year, about 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the USA alone.

The tradition of hanging stockings comes from a Dutch custom of leaving shoes filled with food for St. Nicholas's donkeys

In 1836, Alabama was the first state in the USA to declare Christmas a legal holiday.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by a department store for a holiday promotion.

Christmas Day is a public holiday in more than 160 countries around the world.

The world's largest Christmas stocking was 106.56 feet long and 49.1 feet wide, made in Italy

Christmas remains a time for family, giving, and celebrating community spirit.