Rudolph’s story was originally a children’s book written in 1939 by Robert L. May. His prototype names were Rollo and Reginald.
The practice of making gingerbread men cookies dates back to the 15th century. Queen Elizabeth I even had some served in her royal court.
The song O’ Christmas Tree is based on the original German song O Tannenbaum. Germany decorated trees before Christanity came to the region, and Tannenbaum does not literally mean “Christmas tree’. It literally translates as “fir tree” as many Christmas trees are fir trees.
While World War I saw much carnage, there was a time of peace between some troops. During Christmas week, some British and German troops slowly began a holiday truce. They sung Christmas carols to each other, gave holiday greetings, and gave what little they had as Christmas gifts.
In the late 19th century, electric lights for Christmas trees were invented. President Grover Cleveland used lights on his Christmas tree for the first time in 1895.