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Some Trivia: Holiday Firsts 

The first mention of the name Santa Claus was printed in a New York City newspaper in 1773.

 

The “The Night Before Christmas” was published in 1822.

 

In 1841, Santa Claus first appeared in a Philadelphia PA department store.

 

Electric light bulbs were first put on a Christmas tree in 1882 by Edward Johnson, Thomas Edison’s partner.

 

In 1902, the term "Teddy Bear" was first used for the holidays, after Teddy Roosevelt refused to kill a bear cub on a hunting trip.

 

Hallmark introduced the first Christmas card in 1915, which was a painting of a flower with the words "Merry Christmas."

The department store Macy's launched its Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York in 1924.

 

The first jolly Santa Claus in a red suit appeared in Coca Cola ads in 1931.

 

The first Radio City Christmas Spectacular premiered in 1932.

 

In 1959 “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t be Late)” was the first Christmas song to reach #1 on the Billboard Chart.

 

The first U.S. Postal Service Holiday stamp was issued in 1962. It featured a wreath and two candles and sold for 4 cents.

The first Holiday song from space was “Jingle Bells” sung by the astronauts aboard Gemini 6 in 1965.

 

The beloved Charlie Brown Christmas was first shown on TV in 1965, and has been shown every year since.

The first Kwanzaa celebration took place in Los Angeles in 1966, part of healing after the Watts riots.

 

The first Hanukkah party at the White House was hosted by President George W Bush and the First Lady in 2001.

The LAST day to mail holiday greeting cards to ensure they arrive before Christmas is Dec. 20th 2020.

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