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Holiday Fun Facts:
  • Holly berries are poisonous.
  • "Jingle Bells" was first written for Thanksgiving but later became one of the most popular Christmas songs.
  • Six of the trees on display in the White House are live trees that will be planted after the holidays.
  • Arthur Rankin, Jr., and Jules Bass achieved fame in 1964 with their animated version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
  • The first person to bring a Christmas tree into a house may have been the 16th century German preacher, Martin Luther.
  • For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place.
  • In Mexico, wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve is said to bring new love in the upcoming 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.
  • Gift giving as we know it today is derived from St. Nicholas, a bishop who was known for giving children presents.
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