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Holiday Fun Facts:
  • The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center has more than 25,000 lights but no other ornaments except for the star on top.
  • "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry (1949) sold 2 million copies of the song in it's first year.
  • Coca Cola was the first beverage company to use Santa for a winter promotion.
  • In New York, it's not officially Christmastime until the tree is lit at Rockefeller Center. The first tree appeared in 1931.
  • The first person to bring a Christmas tree into a house may have been the 16th century German preacher, Martin Luther.
  • Mattel sells two Barbie dolls per second, and 90 percent of American girls have had at least one Barbie doll.
  • In the Kwanzaa ritual, seven candles called Mishumaa Saba are placed in a Kinara, or candleholder.
  • In 1947, Toys for Tots organized its first Christmas toy drive for needy youngsters.
  • In 1937, the first postage stamp to commemorate Christmas was issued in Austria.
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