Fun Fact One - More than three billion greeting cards are sent annually in the United States alone!
Fun Fact Two - It can take between 4 - 15 years to grow a Christmas tree of typical height (6 - 7 feet)
Fun Fact Three - Austria issued the first Xmas stamp in 1937
Fun Fact Four - The names of the 'Three Wise Men' are not mentioned in the Bible. They are commonly known as Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar as these names were detailed in an early 6th century Greek manuscript
Fun Fact Five - Based on polls and statistics 45% of the population of the world celebrate Christmas
Fun Fact Six - Egg- nog is a festive drink made with milk, cream, sugar and beaten eggs
Fun Fact Seven - Saint Nicholas is commonly identified with Santa Claus due to his reputation for generosity, secret gift-giving and his kindness to children
Fun Fact Eight - The names of Santa's reindeer are Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid, and Dunder and Blixem
Fun Fact Nine - From 1931 an illustrator called Haddon H. Sundblom produced Santa pictures every Xmas depicting Santa in his red coat as part of the Coca-Cola Xmas advertising campaigns
Fun Fact Ten - The modern day depiction or picture of Santa Claus wearing a red coat only became standard in the 1920's.
Fun Fact Eleven - The very first Santa pictures often depicted him wearing a variety of different color coats including green, blue and mauve
Fun Fact Twelve - The famous poem 'T'was the night before Christmas' was written in 1822 by Clement Clarke Moore.
Fun Fact Thirteen - The North Pole is not on a continent, it is located in the Arctic Ocean
Fun Fact Fourteen - The tradition of tracking Santa Claus by NORAD happened by accident
Fun Fact Fifteen - The Chrismas Rose (Serissa) is also known as the Snow Rose or Winter Rose
Fun Fact Sixteen - Alabama was the first state in the USA to declare Xmas a legal holiday in 1836
Fun Fact Seventeen - Oklahoma became the last USA state to declare Xmas a legal holiday in 1907
Fun Fact Eighteen - Xmas was banned by the Puritans under the rule of Oliver Cromwell. In 1647 Parliament passed a law making Christmas illegal
Fun Fact Nineteen - Holly berries are poisonous
Fun Fact Twenty - "A Christmas Carol" was written by Charles Dickens in 1843- it took him just six weeks!