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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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The Christmas Tree
The Christmas TreeVideo Clip (2:28)
Video Clip (2:28)
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.
Candy CanesVideo Clip (3:51)
Video Clip (3:51)
Though Christmas happens once a year, candy canes are manufactured all year long.
FruitcakeVideo Clip (3:24)
Video Clip (3:24)
Find out how to make a fruitcake, one of the quintessential Christmas deserts.
Gingerbread HouseVideo Clip (3:53)
Video Clip (3:53)
The baking of gingerbread houses has long been a Christmas tradition, and some are truly architectural wonders.
James Earl Jones on Michigan
James Earl Jones on MichiganVideo Clip (2:36)
Video Clip (2:36)
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.
Christmas Light Fanatic
Christmas Light FanaticVideo Clip (1:36)
Video Clip (1:36)
Outdoor Christmas light displays have become more elaborate over the years.
Crafting Glass Ornaments
Crafting Glass OrnamentsVideo Clip (2:10)
Video Clip (2:10)
A glass blower demonstrates the techniques used to create traditional glass ornaments.
The Life of a Christmas Tree
The Life of a Christmas TreeVideo Clip (1:48)
Video Clip (1:48)
From the farm all the way to your living room, take a closer look at the big business of Christmas tree production.
Origins of Santa Claus
Origins of Santa ClausVideo Clip (2:19)
Video Clip (2:19)
In this video, learn about the history of Santa Claus and his real-life inspiration, St. Nicholas.
Deconstructing History: North Pole
Deconstructing History: North PoleVideo Clip (1:36)
Video Clip (1:36)
Ever wonder how many miles it is from the North Pole to the South Pole? Take a journey to the northernmost point on earth to uncover this and other facts and figures of the Far North.
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Christmas: History of Santa Claus
Christmas: History of Santa Claus(8 Photos)
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 EarthAudio Clip (0:36)
Audio Clip (0:36)
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.
George VI Delivers Annual Christmas Address
George VI Delivers Annual Christmas AddressAudio Clip (0:53)
Audio Clip (0:53)
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.
Queen Elizabeth II Broadcasts Christmas Message
Queen Elizabeth II Broadcasts Christmas MessageAudio Clip (1:42)
Audio Clip (1:42)
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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