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Holiday Fun Facts:
  • The 2009 White House Christmas theme: 'Reflect, rejoice, renew'
  • The poinsettia plant was brought into the United States from Mexico by Joel Poinsett in the early 1800's.
  • For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place.
  • The first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531.
  • If you received all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas", you would receive 364 presents.
  • The inventor of the Christmas "cracker" or bon-bon was Tom Smith who owned a sweet shop in London.
  • The 2009 White House Christmas theme: 'Reflect, rejoice, renew'
  • Since 1925, America's official national Christmas tree is located in King's Canyon National Park in California.
  • The first president to decorate the White House Christmas tree in the United States was Franklin Pierce.
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