It's the most wonderful time of the year, but how much do you know about Christmas? It's celebrated around the world, and it's rich with tradition and meaning, but in this quiz, we're going to go a step further. So, haul out the holly, we're getting our Christmas on.
It was a mere 350 years after the death of Jesus that the 25th was claimed as Christmas Day. It was Pope Julius who claimed that it should be celebrated in that day.
Christmas shopping actually makes up one-sixth of retail sales. That's a lot of presents!
There are actually 25-30 million Christmas trees sold in the U.S. each year! That means real, living trees.
The Advent calendar is the traditional way in which folks count down to Christmas, starting on the first day of December. The calendar has little windows with chocolate inside!
Giving gifts is to remind us of the gifts the Wise Men gave to baby Jesus. These included frankincense, gold and myrrh. No Lego.
A monk named St. Nicholas came up with the idea of Santa. The monk lived in the third century, in what is now known as Turkey.
The first Christmas card was actually sent in 1843. It was in the U.K., and the card depicted people helping the poor and enjoying Christmas dinner.
For over 150 years Christmas trees have been sold in America. The first tree was sold in 1850.
There are truly about 20,000 Santa's for hire in the U.S. Have you ever seen the movie "Bad Santa"? It's a must.
The British actually wear crowns at Christmas dinner. These are kept in tubes called Christmas crackers.
It was on June 26th of 1870 that Christmas became an official holiday. Oklahoma was the last state to agree.
Christmas trees are evergreen trees. They take about 15 years to grow to full height!
The yule log is the large log that was burned during the 12 days of Christmas. Did it seriously burn all 12 days?
Odin was the precursor to Santa Claus. He was known for his flying horse, but no presents! Odin was a Viking god.
The Germans are thought to have started the Christmas tree tradition. This was back in 1531.
Montgomery Ward department store sold coloring books with Rudolph as a main character. This was in 1939.
Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" is the best-selling single of all time. Irving Berlin wrote it, and it was first performed on radio in 1941.
The candy cane was originally all white. It was invented in Germany in the 19th century. Those Germans do love Christmas!
They first created a fake Christmas tree in Germany using dyed goose, turkey or ostrich feathers. Artificial trees are now quite popular.
The two weeks prior to Christmas is actually a popular time for breakups. I guess the holiday season puts a strain on romance.
Red, green and gold are the three traditional colors of Christmas. Each color has its own significance: red for the blood of Christ, green for rebirth and gold for the warmth of the sun.
In Poland, people actually believe that spiders are a symbol of goodness. They decorate their trees with spiders and spider webs. According to legend, a spider once wove a blanket for baby Jesus.
The Puritans were not crazy about Christmas. In fact, they made it totally illegal for some time.
The U.S. Postal Service will send your child a letter "from Santa," postmarked from the North Pole. You must send your child's letter and your response "from Santa" to the proper address to make this happen.
The White House has been putting up its Christmas tree since the Great Depression. It was the wife of President Herbert Hoover that began the tradition.
X actually stands for Christ! It comes from the Greek word. Some people think you should never use Xmas, from the mistaken belief that it represents secular laziness.
Christmas pudding is a plum pudding. It is served in Britain at the end of Christmas dinner. It was originally made with beef or mutton!
In the U.S. alone, 1.3 billion Christmas cards are sent each year! Of course, with computers, that's changing.
Churches around the world have Midnight Mass because it's believed that was when Jesus was born. This is also when the bells are rung.
Traditional carolers wear Victorian costumes. This is because Christmas caroling was very popular in Victorian England.
"A Christmas Carol" was written by Charles Dickens. It is performed as a stage play across the country at Christmastime.
Mince pie was a status symbol in Georgian England! Rich people would have their pies made in little fun shapes.
It was once believed in the U.K. that when girls baked a "dumb cake" on Christmas Eve, it would reveal the initials of their future love! Seems an odd superstition.
During Victorian times, they were going through a mini Ice Age! That, and the Dickens story "A Christmas Carol," led the Victorians to associate Christmas with snow.
Berrien Springs, MI, is the Christmas Pickle Capital of the World! The Christmas pickle is an ornament hung on the tree, and the first child to find it gets a present.