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History of Christmas – Facts about Christmas:

So christmas is in, 9 days not that I’m counting or anything…The history of christmas is a lot older than you think and there are loads of facts around christmas that I’m sure you didn’t know! For example; “Silent Night” was first sung as part of a church service in Austria. A guitar was used because the church organ was so badly rusted it couldn’t be played.

Facts about christmas

In North America, children put stockings out at Christmas time. However, usually there Dutch counterparts use shoes, which is pretty cool!

The day after Christmas, December 26, is known as Boxing Day. It is also the holy day of St. Stephen. But most people just call it Boxing day < That’s a fact I didn’t know!

One town in Indiana is called Santa Claus. There is also a Santa, Idaho. – Through the history of christmas the name of santa has changed!

The popular Christmas song “Jingle Bells” was actually written for Thanksgiving. The song was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont, and was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh”.

There are 364 gifts mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. < Thats a lot of christmas presents

The Puritans forbade the singing of Christmas carols. – Who doesn’t love christmas songs!

America’s official national Christmas tree is located in King’s Canyon National Park in California. The tree, a giant sequoia called the “General Grant Tree”, is over 90 meters (300 feet) high, and was made the official Christmas tree in 1925.

The first Christmas was celebrated on December 25, AD 336 in Rome. The History of Christmas is a lot older than I thought.

Artificial Christmas trees have outsold real ones since 1991. – Which in a way I can understand, real christmas trees are so messy! But I do like them though!

In Armenia, the traditional Christmas Eve meal consists of fried fish, lettuce and spinach… I think I will stick to my traditional one!

Christmas has different meanings around the world; Christmas Eve in Japan is a good day to eat fried chicken and strawberry shortcake.

In 1647, the English parliament passed a law made Christmas illegal. The Puritan leader Oliver Cromwell, who considered feasting and revelry on what was supposed to be a holy day to be immoral, banned the Christmas festivities. The ban was lifted only when Cromwell lost power in 1660.

Michigan has no official state song, but one, ‘Michigan, My Michigan,’ is frequently used. The words were written in 1863, and the melody used is that of the Christmas song “O Tannenbaum”.

Franklin Pierce was the first president to decorate an official White House Christmas tree, I suppose he was the first to get into the holiday spirit ;p

Christmas Crackers were invented around 1846 by Tom Smith who developed them for Christmas from the French habit of wrapping sugared almonds in twists of paper as gifts. – What a great fact about christmas!


Roast turkey did not appear consistently on royal Christmas Day menus until 1851 when it replaced roast swan. The medieval dish of Boar’s head remained popular with Royals for much longer.

Electric Christmas lights were first used in 1854. – I love christmas lights, there are some really cool ones around me!

If you have any other questions or great facts about christmas, or you know some more history of christmas tweet me @mrjamesvincent or you can see my christmas pictures on Instagram @james.vincent  

James – History of christmas