- Household trash increases by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Trash from wrapping paper and shopping bags totals 4 million tons.
- The world’s largest menorah is the National Chanukah Menorah in Washington, D.C.
- The U.S. Postal Service delivers 20 billion cards and packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
- Poinsettias aren’t deadly. Their stems and leaves contain Latex which can be irritating.
- On average, 5,800 people need a trip to the ER after suffering injuries from holiday decorating.
- The largest gingerbread man in the world weighs 466 pounds, six ounces. The Gingerbread House, in Rochester, Minnesota, baked the giant cookie on February 21, 2006.
- All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.
- According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.
- Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas in 1836.
- President Teddy Roosevelt, an environmentalist, banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1912.
- British illustrator John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903) invented the first Christmas card in 1843.
- The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.
- Kwanzaa celebrates its 50th birthday in 2016. The Kwanzaa holiday was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate family, culture and heritage, and is modeled after the first harvest celebrations in Africa.
At Drs. Lacy, Weidman, and Hazey III, we are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of our community and our patient’s lives making beautiful and healthy smiles.
Enjoy Your Holidays and Be Safe!