It has gotten quite festive around here of late. The doors are all covered with decorations and Lynn is rosy cheeked and happy, with his white beard you would think he would be off to deliver presents any moment now. Regardless of what you are celebrating everyone here at The Daniel Group would like to wish you a happy holiday full of joy and good cheer.
In true Daniel Group fashion I figured I would find some concrete facts and numbers about Christmas and the holidays that would hopefully give our readers a good laugh and spread some holiday cheer.
- Mistletoe (Viscum album) is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads though bird droppings.
- Early illustrations of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) depict him as stern, commanding, and holding a birch rod. He was more a symbol of discipline and punishment than the jolly, overweight fellow your children know today.
- President Teddy Roosevelt banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1912. He was an environmentalist.
- Approximately 30-35 million real Christmas trees are sold each year in the U.S.
- Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the U.S.
- Each year more than 3 billion holiday cards are sent in the U.S.
- Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph the red nosed reindeer’s red nose was cause by a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.
Thanks to randomhistory.com for these awesome facts! If you would like to see more please visit them at http://facts.randomhistory.com/christmas-facts.html .
Once again Happy Holidays from everyone at The Daniel Group!
Citation: “50 Interesting Facts about Christmas.” Random Facts. 08 12 2010: n. page. Web. 20 Dec. 2013. <http://facts.randomhistory.com/christmas-facts.html>.