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"I will hold Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Charles Dickens.



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    General Christmas Facts Page 2

    In 1836, Alabama is the first state in the USA to declare Christmas a legal holiday.

    In 1843, the first Christmas card was printed in England for Sir Henry Cole. He was busy man who wanted to save time in his own Christmas letters, but was also interested in encouraging the expansion of the postal system. 1000 copies of the card were sold at one shilling each. It was not until the 1860s that the production of cards accelerated, with cheaper printing methods. Then in 1870, the Post Office introduced a half penny stamp for sending cards.

    In 1856, President Franklin Pierce decorates the first White House Christmas tree.

    In 1907, Oklahoma became the last USA state to declare Christmas a legal holiday.

    At midnight on Christmas Eve 1914 firing from the German trenches suddenly stopped. A German brass band began playing Christmas carols. Early, Christmas morning, the German soldiers came out of their trenches, approaching the allied lines, calling "Merry Christmas". At first the allied soldiers thought it was a trick, but they soon climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the German soldiers. The truce lasted a few days, and the men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings, sang carols and songs. They even played a game of Soccer.

    In 1937, the first postage stamp to commemorate Christmas was issued in Austria.

    In 1974, the Australian city of Darwin is devastated late on Christmas Eve and in the early hours of the morning by Cyclone Tracy.

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