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Holiday Fun Facts:
  • In Roman times, holiday gift giving was popular during Saturnalia, a winter solstice celebration.
  • Since 1933, the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular has been a mainstay for the holidays in New York City.
  • The White House will have 780 feet of garland, 27 Christmas trees, 232 wreaths and 412 poinsettias.
  • The poinsettia plant was brought into the United States from Mexico by Joel Poinsett in the early 1800's.
  • The inventor of the Christmas "cracker" or bon-bon was Tom Smith who owned a sweet shop in London.
  • "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry (1949) sold 2 million copies of the song in it's first year.
  • In Roman times, holiday gift giving was popular during Saturnalia, a winter solstice celebration.
  • More than 50,000 people are expected to attend 28 holiday parties at the White House in December 2009.
  • The traditional flaming Christmas pudding dates back to 1670 in England.
  • Christmas cookies for Santa began during the Great Depression to inspire children to share with others in hard times.
Due to the number of varieties, cookies will vary by recipient. Please consult the recipes on this site for information on ingredients.