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.
Christmas Becomes a Holiday
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Today's Christmas celebrations combine secular and religious traditions.
The Life of a Christmas Tree
The Life of a Christmas TreeVideo Clip (1:48)
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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.
The Christmas Tree
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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.
Evolution of Christmas
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Christmas has evolved from solstice celebration to family feast.
Evolution of Santa Claus
Evolution of Santa ClausVideo Clip (2:48)
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The modern image of Santa Claus has been refined again and again.
Origins of Christmas
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The celebration of Christmas as we know it today stems from the traditions of several different cultures.
Christmas Light Technology
Christmas Light TechnologyVideo Clip (1:53)
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Christmas lights have evolved from novelty item to household essential.
Christmas Light Fanatic
Christmas Light FanaticVideo Clip (1:36)
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Outdoor Christmas light displays have become more elaborate over the years.
Deconstructing History: North Pole
Deconstructing History: North PoleVideo Clip (1:36)
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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.
Crafting Glass Ornaments
Crafting Glass OrnamentsVideo Clip (2:10)
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A glass blower demonstrates the techniques used to create traditional glass ornaments.
Strange Christmas Traditions
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Ruled a legal holiday in 1894, Christmas has had its fair share of strange traditions.
History of the Christmas Carol
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Get the facts on the tradition of Christmas carols and find out how "Jingle Bells" came about.
European Christmas Customs
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In some parts of Europe, people still celebrate Christmas customs based on long-standing folk legends.
Why December 25th
Why December 25thVideo Clip (1:55)
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Find out why Christmas is celebrated on December 25.
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.
Babe Ruth Santa
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Newsreel footage of children gathering around Babe Ruth dressed as Santa Claus
Candy CanesVideo Clip (3:51)
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Though Christmas happens once a year, candy canes are manufactured all year long.
Gingerbread HouseVideo Clip (3:53)
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The baking of gingerbread houses has long been a Christmas tradition, and some are truly architectural wonders.
FruitcakeVideo Clip (3:24)
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Find out how to make a fruitcake, one of the quintessential Christmas deserts.
White House Christmas
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Lyndon and Ladybird Johnson celebrate Christmas morning at the White House in 1968.
Christmas on the Western Front
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Newsreel footage from WWII shows soldiers celebrating Christmas in 1944.
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Christmas Traditions(12 Photos)
View images of Christmas celebrations and traditions around the world, from creche scenes in Bethlehem to santas and storefronts in New York City.
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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