Do You Know The Origins Of Your Winter Holiday Traditions?
The traditions of winter holidays many love and celebrate today have varied and unlikely origins. When looking at the lights on your Christmas tree this year, consider the fact that Martin Luther may have been the first person to ever put lights on a Christmas tree. If you celebrate Christmas, you're also likely familiar with the tale of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. What you may not be familiar with is how he got so famous. In the 1930s, the reindeer character was created as a marketing effort by Montgomery Ward department store. Rudolph was a character in a free book that was given out to people as they did their holiday shopping.
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree originated when a group of construction workers placed a tree at their worksite. (1:21)
Jingle Bells is the first song ever broadcasted from space. (4:15)
Wreathes date back to the ancient Greek and Romans. (5:55)