Happy Holidays from Massey Services!

There’s no other holiday like Christmas! Below are some fun facts that we found very interesting, while reminding us all that there is quite a bit of history behind our zany family customs!

  • Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.
  • The first Christmas cards were invented in 1843, the Victorian Era.
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie.
  • “Jingle Bells” was actually written for Thanksgiving, but is now one of the most popular Christmas songs.
  • The word Christmas is Old English, a contraction of Christ’s Mass.
  • If you received all of the gifts in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” you would receive 364 gifts.
  • The poinsettia plant was brought into the United States from Mexico by Joel Poinsett in the early 1800’s. Contrary to popular belief, poinsettia plants are non-toxic.
  • But holly berries are poisonous!
  • Mistletoe was chosen as Oklahoma’s state flower in 1893.
  • In 1843, “A Christmas Carol” was written by Charles Dickens in just six weeks.
  • The first state to officially recognize the Christmas holiday was Alabama and it became a national holiday in America on June 26, 1870.
  • Clearing up a common misconception, in Greek, X means Christ. That is where the abbreviation “Xmas” originated.
  • More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year.
  • The first president of the United States to decorate the White House Christmas tree was Franklin Pierce.
  • Germany made the first artificial Christmas trees. They were made of goose feathers and then dyed green.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!