1963 5¢ Christmas Tree and the White House
December 24, 1923

First National Christmas Tree 

On December 24, 1923, President Calvin Coolidge lit the first national Christmas tree outside the White House. It’s a tradition that continues to this day, though it has evolved significantly over the years.

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2012 Santa and Sleigh
December 23, 1823

First Printing of “A Visit  from St. Nicholas”

“A Visit from St. Nicholas” was first printed anonymously on December 23, 1823. Eventually attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, the poem gave Americans the version of Santa we have today.

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1907 American Red Cross Christmas Seal - Type II - inscribed
December 7, 1907

First Christmas Seals 

On December 7, 1907, the first Christmas Seals went on sale. The first stamps were created to help save a Delaware tuberculosis sanitarium, but later issues went on to support the Red Cross, National Tuberculosis Association, and American Lung Association.

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2014 49¢ Rudolph; Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
December 6, 1964

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

On December 6, 1964, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first premiered on television.  Based on a popular book and song, it became an instant classic, appearing on television every year since.

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2001 Leyendecker stamp
March 23, 1874

Birth of J.C. Leyendecker

Illustrator Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born on March 23, 1874, in Montabaur, Rhine Province, German Empire. He was one of the most popular and recognized illustrators of his day – popularizing the images of Baby New Year, Santa Claus, and more.

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 US #2363 – from the 1987 Steam Locomotives Issue
December 25, 1830

First Run of the Best Friend of Charleston

On December 25, 1830, the Best Friend of Charleston completed its first run.

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 US #2585 was one of five Santa stamps issued in 1991.
December 24, 1955

NORAD Tracks Santa

On December 24, 1955, NORAD’s predecessor tracked Santa Claus for the first time. 

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2003 Gibraltar Christmas stamps featuring the Peanuts
December 9, 1965

Debut of A Charlie Brown Christmas

On December 9, 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on television.

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 Berlin #9NB220 – 1984 Berlin stamp picturing Saint Nicholas
December 6, 343

The Feast of Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas of Myra died on December 6, 343.  This date has long been celebrated as Saint Nicholas Day or the Fest of Saint Nicholas.

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