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Holiday Fun Facts:
  • In Mexico, wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve is said to bring new love in the upcoming year.
  • Electric lights for trees were first used in the White House in 1895.
  • 54 % of holiday cards use the text "Merry Christmas", 12% use "Season's Greetings", and 21% say "Happy Holidays"
  • Six of the trees on display in the White House are live trees that will be planted after the holidays.
  • The first president to decorate the White House Christmas tree in the United States was Franklin Pierce.
  • For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place.
  • More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year.
  • The first commemorative Christmas stamp was issued in Austria in 1937.
  • Gift giving as we know it today is derived from St. Nicholas, a bishop who was known for giving children presents.
  • In Roman times, holiday gift giving was popular during Saturnalia, a winter solstice celebration.
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