10 Fun Facts You Never Knew About The Holidays

The holiday season is swiftly approaching and all of us at Atlantic Solutions (Somerset, NJ) are looking forward to celebrating with our families the season of good tidings and cheer. While we are all familiar with the usual traditions of Christmastime, we thought we’d learn a bit more about the lesser known facts of this wonderful time of the year. For your reading pleasure, Atlantic Solutions has collected 10 facts you may not have known about the tradition of Christmastime.

1. It is thought that Germany was one of the first places where evergreen branches were used in solstice ceremonies to represent the return of spring after a long winter.

2. Christmas trees became popular after the marriage of Germany’s Prince Albert to Queen Victoria. The pair were painted in front of a Christmas tree, brought by Prince Albert, and they became instantly popular once the public saw the decorated tree.

3. Rudolph the red-nose reindeer was invented by the monopoly retail company Montgomery Ward as a way to get children to purchase coloring books. The incentive being Rudolph’s red nose.


4. The song “White Christmas,” is the best-selling song ever recorded.

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5. The Poinsettia flower, a popular Christmas decoration, is originally from Mexico.

6. Artificial Christmas trees have outsold actual live Christmas trees since 1991. No needle cleanup!

7. President Franklin Pierce was the first person to decorate an official White House Christmas tree.

8. Scientists did the math and determined that Santa Claus would have to visit 822 homes per second, traveling at 650 miles per second to deliver all the world’s presents in one night.

9. “Wassailing” means toasting neighbors to goodwill and the blessing of a long life.

10. The word Noel, used commonly in Christmas songs, comes from the French expression, “Les Bonnes Nouvelles,” which translates to good news.

We hope these facts have sparked your interest and gotten you as excited for Christmas as we are at Atlantic Solutions. From everyone at Atlantic Solutions we truly wish you a season full of celebration, happiness, joy and close family traditions.

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10 Fun Facts About Our State of New Jersey

At Atlantic Solutions (Somerset, NJ), we are proud to call New Jersey our home state! Located only an hour drive from New York City, New Jersey has some pretty interesting trivia when it comes to the state itself. Atlantic Solutions picked out ten of the top facts about our beautiful state of New Jersey for your reading pleasure, we hope you enjoy!

  1. New Jersey has an average of 1,030 people per square mile which is 13 times more than the national average. This means we have the highest population density in the United States area!!

  2. Our beautiful Cape May is the oldest seashore resort in the United States. If you haven’t been there before, be sure to give it a try.

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  3. New Jersey is often referred to as the “Diner Capital of the World,” because it has the most diners of any US State!

  4. North Jersey is home to the most shopping malls in one specific area. There are 7 major shopping malls within just a 25-mile stretch.

  5. Some New Jersey natives include Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Jude Blume, Aaron Burr, Frank Sinatra, Jack Nicholson and Queen Latifah! Talk about some interesting people!

     

  6. Atlantic City, one of Atlantic Solutions’ favorite New Jersey cities, is home to the street names that appear in the popular game, Monopoly! Pass Go to Collect $200! Atlantic City is also home to the longest Boardwalk in the world, a fact which also appears in the Monopoly game.

  7. The world’s tallest water tower resides in the state of New Jersey.

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  8. Like drive-in movies? Well, the first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden!

  9. Ever been to the Spoon Museum? That’s right, New Jersey has a spoon museum that features a collection of over 5,400 spoons from all over the world. Be sure to check that out sometime.

  10. There are 21 counties in New Jersey, all of them contribute to the interesting and historical population that make New Jersey so unique.

Atlantic Solutions is so lucky to be located in a place that is so rich in history, people and imagination. We think it’s important to get to know your state, and from learning all of this about New Jersey we love it even more!

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