17 Fun Facts And Information About Christmas For Kids

With the holiday season approaching, now is the ideal time to teach Christmas facts to kids. Nothing makes you happier than seeing the youngsters’ small faces light up with astonishment. And fascinating information can help evoke these feelings. So, if you want your kids to gape in amazement, sharing some amazing facts about Christmas will do the trick. Read through this post to learn more.

Fun Christmas Facts For Kids They Will Love

Here are some fun facts about Christmas for kids that you can share:

  1. The Christmas trees are also known as Yule trees.
  1. The trees used as Christmas trees are usually a fir tree, a pine tree or a spruce tree and are evergreen trees.
  1. Those who believe in the tradition of Christmas believe that the official start to Christmas happens when Santa makes an appearance at the end of Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
  1. Alabama became the first state in the US in the year 1836 that declared that Christmas would be celebrated as a legal holiday.
The first US state to celebrate Christmas as a legal holiday

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  1. Oklahoma became the last state in the US in the year 1907 that declared that Christmas would be celebrated as a legal holiday.
  1. Do you know why Christmas is sometimes also referred to as X-Mas? The X in the X Mas means the word ‘Christ’ in the Greek language. So, to use a shorter version of the word Christmas, it is also sometimes referred to as X Mas.
  1. A common belief about decorations for Christmas is that the trend of decorating trees for Christmas began sometime in the 16th century in Germany. It is believed that Christians began to bring in decorated trees to their homes for celebrating Christmas, which soon turned into a tradition and continues today.
  1. In the year 1970 in the month of June, the US government declared Christmas as a federal holiday in the US.
  1. The Catholic Church had earlier placed a ban on giving any presents during the time of Christmas, as it believed the exchanging presents was related to paganism. The ban was however lifted later.
  1. The year 1895 saw the first ever electric tree lights being used for Christmas.
Electric tree lights were first used in 1895

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  1. In the very first times when the tradition of decorating trees for Christmas began, the popular items that were used to decorate the trees were food items such as nuts, dates, apples and other fruits.
  1. Have you listened to the song ‘The 12 Days of Christmas?’ If you received all the presents that are mentioned there in the song, you would have a total of 364 presents!
  1. Have you ever wondered why it is called ‘The 12 Days of Christmas?’ According to popular tradition, it is believed that the three kings who began on their journey to find the baby Jesus took 12 days actually to do so.
  1. Sometime during the 18th century, candles were used for the first time to decorate the trees for Christmas.
Christmas facts for kids

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  1. In the year 1857, a man named James Pierpont wrote the song that is known as ‘Jingle Bells.’ In the beginning, the song was originally known as ‘One Horse Open Sleigh.’ Also, the song was meant to be used for Thanksgiving and not for Christmas, as it is popularly done now.
  1. There are two islands that are called Christmas. The first one is in the Pacific Ocean and was earlier known as Kiritimati while it is now known as the Christmas Island. The second one is in the Indian Ocean and is also known as the Christmas Island.
  1. In the year 1950, the tallest Christmas tree was displayed in Seattle. It is the tallest one ever displayed and stood at a height of 221 feet!

Sharing some cool and exciting Christmas facts for kids will definitely heighten the excitement and joy this festive season brings. So, while your entire family gets together to enjoy Christmas, you may use all of these fun facts listed above to divert your kids’ attention from their phones and toward you. You can tell them about the origins of Christmas trees and Santa Claus, as well as many Christmas traditions. And while you’re doing it, tell them about the true meaning of Christmas and some fascinating facts about Jesus.


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