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Holiday Fun Facts:
  • Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states including Hawaii and Alaska.
  • Six of the trees on display in the White House are live trees that will be planted after the holidays.
  • Gift giving as we know it today is derived from St. Nicholas, a bishop who was known for giving children presents.
  • Thomas Nast found inspiration for his painting of Santa Claus from Clement C. Moore's "The Night Before Christmas."
  • Kwanzaa is celebrated fom December 26 to January 1 and involves seven principles called Nguzo Saba
  • The first president to decorate the White House Christmas tree in the United States was Franklin Pierce.
  • Oregon produces the most real Christmas trees at over 8.6 million.
  • The "Urn of Fate" is part of the Christmas Eve celebrations in many Italian households. It holds a wrapped present.
  • The 2009 White House Christmas theme: 'Reflect, rejoice, renew'
  • The 2009 White House Christmas theme: 'Reflect, rejoice, renew'
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