King John, to get back at the nobles who forced him to sign the Magna Carta.
King Henry VIII, to get back at the pope who excommunicated him for divorcing his first wife.
Oliver Cromwell, to stop drunken revelry and papist overtones.
Winston Churchill, to keep everyone working through “the Blitz.”
He always had the biggest Christmas tree in Virginia.
He made a mean eggnog.
He had a great singing voice for carols.
He planted mistletoe all over Mount Vernon.
British law once limited eating it to certain holidays.
Puritans in Boston were only allowed to eat foods soaked in alcohol in December.
President Lincoln liked it so much he made ordered it added to rations for Union troops each Christmas during the Civil War.
American “doughboys” were served fruit cake in London after World War I ended.
Meet Me in St. Louis
"It’s A Wonderful Life"
1963, when it issued a Hanukah stamp instead.
1975, when it issued a stamp for the upcoming bicentennial instead.
2000, when it was changing the postal rate and had too many stamps leftover from 1999.
2001, when was still honoring victims of 9/11.
Joy to the World
What Child is This?
O Come All Ye Faithful
Grover Cleveland, who tried out a new invention by Thomas Edison.
William McKinley, who got them as a gift from Vice President Roosevelt.
Warren Harding, who thought lights would help Return to Normalcy.
Herbert Hoover who as an engineer was the first one who could figure out how to untangle the strings and change bulbs.
The inn keeper’s wife, to show contrition for not having room in the inn.
A shepherd’s wife, as a sign that the shepherds had spread the good news.
One of the magis was presented as a woman, the Queen of Sheba.
A midwife, because someone had to deliver the baby.
Because those were the colors available to cartoonist Thomas Nast in Harper’s Weekly.
Because that’s what Clement Moore said in “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
Because Coca-Cola used its logo color in using him in ads in the 1930s.
Because that’s the color he wore for his day job, way back when.