10 Interesting Facts I Bet You Didn't Know About Christmas

      1. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer was created by a Montgomery Ward department store advertising copywriter. Written in 1939 by Robert L. May, The story sold 2.4 million copies and was released as a song in 1949, becoming one of the best selling songs of all time. 
      2. The first Christmas Tree Market was in 1851. Because most people didn't have the equipment to cut down their own tree, lumberjack cut trees from his land and brought them to a town corner, which became very popular, and remains popular today.
      3. The Twelve Days of Christmas actually runs from December 25 to January 5th. Based on the time frame that Jesus is born and the three wise men came to him.
      4. What date should you take down your Christmas Tree and decorations? According to tradition, that date is January 5th (twelfth night). If you do not take them down on the 5th, legend says to leave them up until next year to avoid bad luck. 
      5. Oranges in our Christmas Stocking, this symbolizes the gold coins that tradition says was started by a wealthy nobleman, Nicholas. He would go on rooftops of the poor and toss the gold coins down the chimney, landing in the stockings hanging by the fireplace to dry. Oranges are a symbol of this tradition.
      6. Boxing Day - It's not about gloves and sharp uppercuts as some might suspect, It's really all about the Christmas gift boxes. Originally, the rich would box up gifts to give to the poor. A day off for servants, who would receive a gift box from their employer filled with money, presents, or food to share with their family. This day off was usually the day after Christmas. 
      7. Turkey for Christmas Dinner -  Henry V111 was the first English King to enjoy turkey as his feast. The turkey bird was still considered a luxury item until 1950 until it became the current common meal on Christmas Day today.
      8. KFC is a popular Japanese Christmas meal where reservations must be made for Christmas Day. 
      9. The Twelve Days of Christmas is a well-known song written by Frederic Austin in 1780. It is also a Play, Twelfth Night, written by William Shakespeare in 1602, and a book.
      10. Traditional Christmas Trees worldwide look like this: France-Fruit, Germany-real candles, Ukraine-sparkly spiderwebs and spiders, Sweden- Garlands of National Flags, USA- Popcorn on a string. 

    Whatever your Christmas Traditions bring, we hope that you enjoy them. If you're looking to add a little zing, vintage, or just down right fun, take a look at the unique ornaments offered on our website for fun finishes and quirky design. Start a tradition of your own; send a friend or family member a new ornament each year. Christmas Cards, like the one you see in the photo are also available.





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