Christmas by the Numbers; Nine Fascinating Facts About Christmas


  1. The total take for all those Santa snaps is a whopping $2.2 billion.
  2. The first artificial Christmas tree was made in Germany out of dyed green goose feathers.
  3. In the U.S. Christmas was officially declared a national holiday on June 26, 1870.
  4. 25 years later, electric lights on holiday greenery debuted.
  5. Real trees bring a hidden present. They remove dust and pollen from the air, making the season more bearable for allergy sufferers.
  6. The grand total of gifts given in the carol The Twelve Days of Christmas is 364.
  7. Diamonds are still a girl’s best friend. More are sold this time of year than any other.
  8. An astounding 28 percent of folks proudly admit to being “re-gifters.”
  9. And almost 20 percent of us do not finish up our shopping until Christmas Eve.