ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Perry Auto! We’re spreading the Christmas cheer with decorated cookies, lit-up trees, and festive holiday music. Although we celebrate every year like this, do we know where any of these holiday traditions come from? Take a look at our 15 festive facts about Christmas to learn all about this holiday.
15 Festive Facts About Christmas:
- Alabama was the first state in the U.S that recognized Christmas in 1836, while Oklahoma was the last in 1907.
- In 1962, the very first Christmas postage stamp was issued in the U.S.
- Edward Johnson invented Christmas lights in 1882.
- Santa’s traditional red suit came from a 1930s advertisement by Coca Cola.
- “Silent Night” is the most recorded song ever, with over 730 different versions copyrighted since 1978.
- “White Christmas,” which was released in 1942, is the best selling Christmas song.
- Each year over 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in just the U.S.
- Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of total retail sales in the U.S.
- The tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-ft Douglas fir that was displayed in Seattle, Washington at the Northgate Shopping Center in 1950.
- Christmas trees have been sold in the U.S since 1850.
- Trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold for Christmas.
- About 30–35 million real Christmas tress are sold each year in the U.S.
- The highest-grossing Christmas movie is How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the Jim Carrey version).
- Due to international time zones, Santa actually has 31 hours to deliver presents around the world.
- Santa travels 4,796,250 mph to deliver toys to all the kids around the world.