CHARLIE LANGFORD: Some trivia, facts and figures for the holiday season

Most of us will have to send someone a special Christmas present via the U.S. Postal Service. It's comforting to know that when you do so, you're dealing with experts.

The USPS is the only delivery service that claims to deliver to every address in the nation, 146 million homes and businesses, six days a week. The Postal Service also delivers almost half the world's mail.

That's a lot of Christmas cards and fruitcakes.

– Climatologists and meteorologists, using data collected during the past 45 years, have predicted that there is a 0-20 percent chance that the state of Mississippi will get snow for Christmas. I guess the 0 percent chance is for the Coast and the 20 percent chance is for the counties that border Tennessee. Using that logic, I figure Tupelo is forecast at about an 18 percent chance of the white stuff on the big day.

Don't hold your breath.

– In 1836, Alabama was the first state in the USA to declare Christmas a legal holiday. In 1907, Oklahoma became the last state to declare Christmas a legal holiday. What's with the Scrooges in The Sooner State?

– Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer was created by Montgomery Ward and our present red-coated, white-bearded Santa was created by Coca-Cola. Let's hear it for creative advertising people.

– The best selling Christmas trees are Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, Balsam fir and white pine. Some 85 percent of artificial Christmas trees come from China and 100 percent of real trees come from the United States or Canada, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Best Christmas advice: Shop at home.

– Edward H. Johnson is known as the Father of Electric Christmas Tree Lights. Johnson, while serving as a vice president for Edison Electric Light (now Con Edison) decorated his tree in 1882 with 80 red, white and blue lights he had specially made. Illuminating.

The rest is holiday history.

Charlie Langford is the managing editor/design at the Daily Journal. E-mail him at

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