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December 30th, 2009 | Author:

This was a real surprise to me because I thought Christmas was always an official holiday in the United States but it wasn’t until 1836 when Alabama was the first state to declare Christmas a legal holiday.  Other states followed and by 1907, Oklahoma was the last state to make Christmas a legal holiday.  More fun facts from the Farmers’ Almanac.

Scroll down in my blog to read more Christmas trivia from days 1-6.

December 30th, 2009 | Author:

When someone says berries, we think of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc and they are all really good to eat.  But there are many berries that are poisonous.  One of them is the holly berry that we associate with Christmas.  Eating more than three holly berries can cause severe and prolonged nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, as well as drowsiness.

According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, each fall they receive about 5 to 10 calls for the poison control center because a child ate some poisonous berry or seed.

Morale of the story: Just because it looks good, doesn’t mean it is good.

If you’re reading this trivia today and wondering why I’m still on the 12 Days of Christmas after Christmas, scroll down in my blog and read Day 1 which explains the 12 Days of Christmas.  You can also catch up on the days you missed.

December 29th, 2009 | Author:

Originating in Germany in the 1600’s, the first tinsel was actually made from a paper thin silver alloy, cut into strips and hung on the Christmas tree.  Even with the tinsel that is sold in stores today, putting the individual little strips on the tree is hard and even harder to get it all off which is why a lot of people have probably stopped adding the shiny stuff to their Christmas trees.  It may make the tree sparkle but it’s still a mess.

Source:  Associated Content

If you missed days 1-4, scroll through my blog to catch up on more Christmas trivia.

December 29th, 2009 | Author:

In the traditional song, “The 12 Days of Christmas,” four calling birds was originally four colley birds which are similar to blackbirds.  To read more about details within the song, click here.

If you missed days 1-3, scroll down in my blog to catch up.

December 29th, 2009 | Author:
Christmas tree

Photo credit: Jason O'Neill

If you bought all of the items in the 12 days of Christmas song, it would have cost $87,403 this year.  But then again, who would really want all though items anyway?

Source:  Huffington Post