The Victorians transformed Christmas from a fairly serious religious holiday into a festive celebration, popularizing Christmas trees, singing carols, feasting, sending greetings cards and giving gifts. The growing wealth of the middle class allowed them to spend the holiday season decorating, purchasing gifts and donating to charity.
Experts do not agree on the origin of the name Kris Kringle. Some believe it is a mispronunciation of Christkind, German for Christ Child. Others feel it originates with the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of Belsnickle.
A standard string of incandescent Christmas lights uses 40 watts of electricity. LED lights are more efficient, so a standard string uses only 4.8 watts.