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Holiday Fun Facts:
  • Candy canes began as straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorated the Christmas trees.
  • Thomas Nast found inspiration for his painting of Santa Claus from Clement C. Moore's "The Night Before Christmas."
  • The 2009 White House Blue Room Christmas Tree is an 18 1/2-by-13-foot Douglas fir.
  • The Post Office expects to deliver 20 Billion pieces of mail between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.
  • The American version of St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus originally came from the Dutch version called Sint Klaas.
  • Kwanzaa is celebrated fom December 26 to January 1 and involves seven principles called Nguzo Saba
  • In Mexico (its original birthplace), the poinsettia is known as the "Flower of the Holy Night."
  • Queen Elizabeth's Christmas message to the nation was first televised on December 25, 1957.
  • "Wassail" comes from the Old Norse "ves heill"--to be of good health.
  • "Wassail" comes from the Old Norse "ves heill"--to be of good health.
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