Despite often being in Christmas artwork with Santa Claus and polar bears, penguins are on the other side of the world. Many species of penguins live in Antarctica and nearby regions.
The first official Christmas tree of the United States (known as the national Christmas tree) originated back in 1923. The tree was given light personally by President Calvin Coolidge.
Due to the use of the Julian calendar system at the time of his birth, Issac Newton was born on Christmas day in 1642. Though in our modern Gregorian calendar, he was really born on January 4th 1643.
The origin of Christmas stockings may go all the way back to Norse mythology. Children would often fill boots or shoes with food for the Norse god Odin’s horse Sleipnir. Odin would apparently return some kindness by filling the now empty boots with gifts or candy.
The song The First Noel from the 18th century is one of the most famous Christmas carols. The word “Noel” actually means “Christmas” in French.