Did You Know? Countdown to Christmas 2009 (12/19)

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Christmas

Dec 19 : 06 days till Christmas

Did you know that it takes an average of seven years for a Christmas tree to reach six feet tall?

Some trees take as long as 15 years to grow to their harvesting height; others reach it in as little as four years.

Did you know that for every live Christmas tree that is harvested, three seedlings are planted in its place?

Did you know that China is the leading manufacturer of artificial Christmas trees?

According to the U.S. Commerce Department, more than 80 percent of artificial trees are made in China.

Christmas is the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, and is a central part of the winter holiday season. In Christianity the holiday marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days. And although traditionally a Christian holiday, Christmas is widely celebrated worldwide by many non-Christians.

Popular holiday customs include the playing of seasonal music, gift-giving, the exchange of greeting cards, observing special church celebrations and masses. The display of holiday decorations are common; including Christmas trees, indoor and outdoor lights, garlands, mistletoe, and nativity scenes.

Santa Claus, a popular mythological figure, is also an important part of the celebration and is associated with the bringing of gifts for children.

Join us for a new Did You Know holiday fact each day as we countdown to Christmas. This year Christmas Eve will be celebrated Thursday December 24, Christmas Friday December 25.

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