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Holiday Fun Facts:
  • If you received all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas", you would receive 364 presents.
  • Gift giving as we know it today is derived from St. Nicholas, a bishop who was known for giving children presents.
  • The first official White House card was issued in the year of 1953 by President Eisenhower.
  • 92 volunteers from 24 states, as well as residence staff, spent 3,400 hours decorating the White House.
  • In 1843, "A Christmas Carol" was written by Charles Dickens in just six weeks.
  • There are more classic movies, productions, and songs played during Christmas than any other time of the year.
  • The 2009 White House Blue Room Christmas Tree is an 18 1/2-by-13-foot Douglas fir.
  • The American version of St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus originally came from the Dutch version called Sint Klaas.
  • Electric lights for trees were first used in the White House in 1895.
  • Electric lights for trees were first used in the White House in 1895.
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