Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • On December 16, 1965, the song ‘Jingle Bells’ made history by becoming the first song to be played in space during NASA’s Gemini 6A space flight.
  • The 2018 animated version of ‘The Grinch’ is the highest-grossing Christmas film of all time.
  • Hallmark holiday movies only take 2 weeks to film.
  • Brenda Lee, the original singer of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” was only 13 when she recorded the song in 1958.
  • The first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was put up by construction workers who were laboring at the site in 1931. It was 20 feet tall and had no ornaments.
  • Christmas trees were banned by President Teddy Roosevelt in the White House in 1901 because the President was concerned about the environmental effects, but his sons decorated a small tree cut on the White House grounds and hid it in a closet until Christmas morning.
  • Many people abbreviate Christmas “Xmas,” which is actually based upon X being the first letter of Jesus Christ’s name in Greek.
  • Nearly six million dollars are spent during the holiday season on ugly Christmas sweaters

                Facts by Santa Claus, the holiday factologist.

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