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Holiday Fun Facts:
  • St. Francis of Assisi introduced the singing of carols to holiday church services.
  • 92 volunteers from 24 states, as well as residence staff, spent 3,400 hours decorating the White House.
  • "It's a Wonderful Life" appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie.
  • "Jingle Bells" was first written for Thanksgiving but later became one of the most popular Christmas songs.
  • The Christmas tree can be traced back to the ancient Romans who decorated trees with small pieces of metal.
  • The poinsettia plant was brought into the United States from Mexico by Joel Poinsett in the early 1800's.
  • After "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens wrote one Christmas story each year, but none more successful.
  • In 1610 Tinsel, made of real silver, was invented in Germany.
  • In the Kwanzaa ritual, seven candles called Mishumaa Saba are placed in a Kinara, or candleholder.
  • In the Kwanzaa ritual, seven candles called Mishumaa Saba are placed in a Kinara, or candleholder.
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