11 Fun Facts About Christmas

We have really been enjoying seeing everyone celebrate the holidays here at the best seafood restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Our private party rooms have been host to some pretty fantastic celebrations already this year.  With Christmas on the brain, today we decided to share a few fun facts for your entertainment.  Here is JB Hook's top 11 list, because 10 simply wasn't enough!

1. The very first Christmas tree decorations used were apples.  This came from plays in medieval times about Adam and Eve.

2. Your Christmas tree is probably about 15 years old.  On average, that's how long they grow before being chopped down.  

3. Every year, thousands of letters that are written to Santa make their way to Santa Clause, Indiana.

4. A few other festive U.S. city names are:  North Pole, New York, Colorado, & Alaska  - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - Christmas Cove, Maine - and Christmas Valley, Oregon.  

5. Male reindeer shed their antlers around Christmas-time, so all of the reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh must be female.  

6. Because of the difference in international time zones, Santa Clause actually has 31 hours to deliver all of his gifts.  He sure can get a lot done with 7 extra hours.  Of course, he would most likely need to be moving at about 4,796,250 miles per hour!

7. Alabama was the first U.S. state to recognize Christmas in 1836 and Oklahoma was the last U.S. state in 1907.

8. If you spend the holidays in Poland, you may see spider webs on their trees. Spiders are considered a symbol of goodness and prosperity over there, and their legend states that a spider wove a blanket for baby Jesus.  

9. We can credit Italy with beginning the tradition of giving naughty children coal in their stocking.

10. The very popular Christmas classic "Jingle Bells" was actually written to be a song to sing for Thanksgiving.  

11. Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915, and today over a billion Christmas cards are sent every year.  

So now you know!  That will give you a few fun topics to discuss at the next JB Hook's Happy Hour.  Make sure that you carve out a little bit of time to relax and enjoy yourself during all of the hustle and bustle of the season.  We have the best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks every Monday - Friday from 3:00 pm - 8 pm, and on Sundays from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  Join us for one, or a few, to celebrate the holidays.  Enjoy the season, and have a very merry Christmas!  

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