Holiday Fun Facts:
  • Thomas Nast found inspiration for his painting of Santa Claus from Clement C. Moore's "The Night Before Christmas."
  • Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states including Hawaii and Alaska.
  • The poinsettia plant was brought into the United States from Mexico by Joel Poinsett in the early 1800's.
  • In Sweden, a common Christmas decoration is the Julbukk, a small figurine of a goat made of straw.
  • Oregon produces the most real Christmas trees at over 8.6 million.
  • More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year.
  • In Japan, Santa is called "Santa no ojisan," which means "Uncle Santa."
  • The National Christmas Tree Association gives a Christmas tree to the President and first family every year.
  • The first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531.
  • LED Christmas lights feature long lifetimes, low cost to operate and associated low maintenance.
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