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Sound smart at parties with these Christmas trivia tidbits

Fun facts and anecdotes are the perfect icebreakers and small talk for parties. So when the conversation turns Christmassy, it’s good thinking to have a few interesting Christmas trivia tidbits in your back pocket. That way, you’ll be ready to spread Christmas cheer…and sound extra smart as a result!  For that reason, here’s a list of 10 random pieces of Christmas trivia to make you sound smart at parties.

#1

in 1907, Oklahoma became the last U.S. state to declare Christmas a legal holiday

#2

Barnum's animal crackers started as a 1902 Christmas promotion. The carrying string was for hanging on a tree

#3

It was once believed that you could predict next year's weather based on which day of the week Christmas fell

#4

in 1895, Grover Cleveland became the first president to use electric Christmas lights on the first family's Christmas tree

#5

In parts of 17th century Europe, only professional gingerbread bakers were permitted to bake gingerbread

#6

America's first Christmas tree retail lot opened in New York in 1851

#7

Legend says, if you sleep with a piece of fruitcake under your pillow, you'll dream of your one true love

#8

Bob Wells and Mel Torme wrote The Christmas Song in an effort to think cool during a 1945 heat wave

#9

Silver Bells was almost titled Tinkle Bells until cowriter Jay Livingston's wife noted that tinkly is slang for pee

#10

when It's a Wonderful Life came out in 1945, it wasn't very popular. It lost $525k for the studio

in 1907, Oklahoma became the last U.S. state to declare Christmas a legal holiday

Barnum’s animal crackers started as a 1902 Christmas promotion. The carrying string was for hanging on a tree

It was once believed that you could predict next year’s weather based on which day of the week Christmas fell

in 1895, Grover Cleveland became the first president to use electric Christmas lights on the first family’s Christmas tree

In parts of 17th century Europe, only professional gingerbread bakers were permitted to bake gingerbread

America’s first Christmas tree retail lot opened in New York in 1851

Legend says, if you sleep with a piece of fruitcake under your pillow, you’ll dream of your one true love

Bob Wells and Mel Torme wrote The Christmas Song in an effort to think cool during a 1945 heat wave

Silver Bells was almost titled Tinkle Bells until cowriter Jay Livingston’s wife noted that tinkly is slang for pee

when It’s a Wonderful Life came out in 1945, it wasn’t very popular. It lost $525k for the studio

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