Holiday Fun Facts:
  • "Rudolph" was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930's for a holiday promotion.
  • In Roman times, holiday gift giving was popular during Saturnalia, a winter solstice celebration.
  • Christmas trees take from 6 to 14 years to mature for harvest.
  • In 16th-century Germany fir trees were decorated with apples, roses, gilded candies, and colored paper.
  • 1700s Europeans baked fruitcakes at the end of the harvest, then ate them at the beginning of the next year's harvest for good luck.
  • Approximately 33% of the holiday cards purchased each year contain a religious message.
  • "Rudolph" was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930's for a holiday promotion.
  • The first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531.
  • In New York, it's not officially Christmastime until the tree is lit at Rockefeller Center. The first tree appeared in 1931.
  • In New York, it's not officially Christmastime until the tree is lit at Rockefeller Center. The first tree appeared in 1931.
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