Did You Know? Countdown to Christmas 2009 (12/20)

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Christmas

Dec 20 : 05 days till Christmas

Did you know that the tradition of sending Christmas cards began during the Victorian period?

A British artist named John Horsely was commissioned by the British Postal Service to design the first-ever Christmas card. His illustrated card featured an inscription familiar today: “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You”.

Did you know that Christmas is the largest card-sending holiday in the United States?

The US Postal Service expects to deliver 16.6 billion letters, packages and cards between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The busiest mailing day is expected to be Monday, Dec. 14, when 839 million cards and letters will be processed, nearly double the average daily volume. The busiest delivery day will be Wednesday, Dec. 16.

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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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