Need something to talk about at your Christmas party? Try some trivia about one of the most important holidays of the years that a lot of people don’t know anything about. Now they say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s why a lot of us love it! But it turns out that there are some odd facts about this holiday that make great conversation starters. So, here’s everything you need to know about Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and the Christmas spirit that you didn’t learn growing up. So, start reading cause 'tis the season to get smart too!
The department store Santa Claus has become a time-honored tradition that began 120 years ago.
In 1890, a Massachusetts businessman James Edgar became the first department store Santa. Edgar came up with the concept of dressing up as Santa as a marketing tool. Eventually, kids started begging their parents to take them to Edgar’s small dry goods store in Brockton.
In 1900, it cost about $300 (which was a lot) to keep the electric lights on a Christmas tree running.
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In 1903, General Electric created the first pre-wire, eight-socket light strings. Their patent was rejected because they were using knowledge every electrician had. But this opened the door to allow other inventors to produce and modify the Christmas lights we put on trees today.
There’s a depressing backstory to the classic tune “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”
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When James “Haven” Gillespie was asked to write a Christmas song, he was overwhelmed with grief over the loss of his brother. To add insult to injury, he was also jobless and broke. But his brother’s memory and the times they spent on Christmas inspired him to write this cherished song.
Christmas trees made their debut in ancient Egyptian and Roman culture, way before Baby Jesus.
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The trees were used during the winter solstice to remind everyone that the plants would grow in the Spring. But the tree tradition we’re accustomed to didn’t take off until 1848, when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of England popped up in a drawing in the Illustrated London News.
The original candy canes we all know and love weren’t candy stripes but rather entirely white.
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The first candy cane was made by a German Choirmaster in 1670. He used them to keep kids in check during nativity services. A shepherd’s cane inspired the shape. In 1847, the candy cane arrived in America when a German immigrant used them to decorate his tree in Ohio.