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How many Christmas cards are sent each year? Which states produce the most Christmas trees? What are some of the most popular Christmas traditions? Get facts and stats about Christmas traditions in the Christmas By the Numbers infographic.

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    From millions of homes worldwide to the White House, the Christmas tree is a tradition that owes its popularity in part to a popular British queen.

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  • Candy Canes
    Candy Canes

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    Though Christmas happens once a year, candy canes are manufactured all year long.

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  • Fruitcake
    Fruitcake

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    Find out how to make a fruitcake, one of the quintessential Christmas deserts.

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  • Gingerbread House
    Gingerbread House

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    The baking of gingerbread houses has long been a Christmas tradition, and some are truly architectural wonders.

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  • James Earl Jones on Michigan
    James Earl Jones on Michigan

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    In this American History video, brought to you by the History Channel, James Earl Jones talks about his experiences growing up in Michigan, specifically his move from Mississippi to Michigan. He also talks about growing up on a farm.

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    Outdoor Christmas light displays have become more elaborate over the years.

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  • Crafting Glass Ornaments
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    A glass blower demonstrates the techniques used to create traditional glass ornaments.

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  • The Life of a Christmas Tree
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    From the farm all the way to your living room, take a closer look at the big business of Christmas tree production.

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  • Origins of Santa Claus
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    In this video, learn about the history of Santa Claus and his real-life inspiration, St. Nicholas.

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    Christmas: History of Santa Claus

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    Learn about the origins and evolution of Santa Claus from images of Saint Nicholas and the Dutch Sinter Klaas, all the way up to through Coca Cola Santas and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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  • Christmas Eve Broadcast to Earth
    Christmas Eve Broadcast to Earth

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    On December 24, 1968, astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders entered into lunar orbit aboard the Apollo 8 spacecraft. That evening, in a live radio and television transmission, Borman reads a passage from the Book of Genesis.

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  • George VI Delivers Annual Christmas Address
    George VI Delivers Annual Christmas Address

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    On December 25, 1951, a frail King George VI, suffering from the effects of lung cancer, delivers his final Christmas address to the British Commonwealth.

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  • Queen Elizabeth II Broadcasts Christmas Message
    Queen Elizabeth II Broadcasts Christmas Message

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    On December 25, 1963, Queen Elizabeth II delivers her annual Christmas greeting to her subjects in Great Britain and around the world.

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