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    19 Facts About Christmas That You Didn't Know You Wanted To Know

    Mariah Carey wrote "All I Want for Christmas Is You" in 15 minutes!

    1. The song “Jingle Bells” holds a Guinness World Record for being the first-ever song played in outer space.

    2. In Ukraine, spiders are thought of as symbols of good luck during Christmas.

    3. You can actually mail a letter to Santa’s postal code in Canada. The address is — Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada. Yep.

    A bespectacled Santa Claus holding a letter addressed to him

    4. The Kempinski Hotel Bahia in Spain celebrates the festival with a $15 million Christmas tree.

    5. Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, also invented Christmas lights along with his partner and friend, Edward H. Johnson.

    6. The Swarovski Star atop the 72-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has a whopping three million glittering Swarovski crystals!

    A view of the Christmas Tree during the 88th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center

    7. Sir Henry Cole designed the first-ever Christmas card and sold it at an auction for $6846.

    8. The largest gingerbread house ever made was as big as an actual house.

    9. And the largest snowflake ornament ever seen, is over 10 feet tall.

    10. Home Alone is the highest-grossing Christmas movie of all-time.

    A shot from the movie Home Alone, with Macaulay Culkin dressed in a red scarf, brown jacket and a red winter hat.

    11. Each year during Christmas, over 8.5 million lights are used to decorate the magical Walt Disney World.

    Visitors to Disneyland watch A Christmas Fantasy Parade during Disney Merriest Nites at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA

    12. There are more than 630 different kinds of Christmas trees.

    13. And, 77 million of those are grown each year in the United States.

    14. Santa Claus is known by over 70 different names all around the world.

    15. Lego sells around 28 sets every second during the Christmas season.

    16. "Silent Night" is over 200 years old and the version that we sing today is actually a translation.

    17. It took Mariah Carey only 15 minutes to write “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

    A picture of Mariah Carey, the American singer and songwriter, dressed in a red and white outfit

    18. And Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in just six weeks.

    A copy of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," belonging to former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, is seen during a preview of holiday decorations in the Library of the White House in Washington, DC

    19. And finally, 26th December, the day after Christmas, is celebrated as National Candy Cane Day.