Holiday Fun Facts:
  • The Christmas tree can be traced back to the ancient Romans who decorated trees with small pieces of metal.
  • More than 50,000 people are expected to attend 28 holiday parties at the White House in December 2009.
  • Twenty-two million turkeys are consumed each year at Christmas, compared to 45 million at Thanksgiving.
  • St. Francis of Assisi introduced the singing of carols to holiday church services.
  • The 2009 White House Blue Room Christmas Tree is an 18 1/2-by-13-foot Douglas fir.
  • Gift giving as we know it today is derived from St. Nicholas, a bishop who was known for giving children presents.
  • The Christmas tree can be traced back to the ancient Romans who decorated trees with small pieces of metal.
  • In Mexico (its original birthplace), the poinsettia is known as the "Flower of the Holy Night."
  • In Mexico, wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve is said to bring new love in the upcoming year.
  • More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year.
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