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Some strange facts about the Christmas holiday are presented below:

  • The first commercial Christmas card was produced and sold in London in 1843.
  • Americans send an estimated 1.5 billion Christmas cards each year.
  • The song "Jingle Bells" was copyrighted in 1857.  "Deck The Halls" is even older - from the late 18th century.
  • A large Christmas tree is traditionally placed every year in Rockefeller Center (Manhattan, New York City).  The tallest tree placed in Rockefeller Center was a 100 foot Norway spruce from Connecticut in 1999.
  • The most expensive Christmas tree was decorated in the United Arab Emirates in 2010 at an estimated cost of over $11 million.
  • The practice of Christmas gift giving was once banned by the Catholic Church.  It was suspected that this tradition had roots in Paganism.
  • Americans buy 25-30 million real trees and 8-12 million artificial trees to decorate each year.
  • There are two towns in the United States with the name of Santa Claus but only one named North Pole.  They are located in Georgia, Indiana and Alaska, respectively.

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