4 Fun Facts About Four Leaf Clovers

There’s a reason why one of the most popular symbols of St. Patrick’s Day is the four leaf clover. For centuries, the rare little clover has been used as a good luck charm. Known for their “magical” ability to keep evil spirits away and prevent bad luck, four leaf clovers were said to have been carried by Ireland’s Celtic ancestors. It’s even said that the phrase “The Luck of the Irish” refers to the fact that Ireland is home to the most four leaf clovers on the planet. Even though the three-leafed shamrock is the true symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, four leaf clovers have been known to steal the spotlight. While you probably shouldn’t wear the four leaf clover this Friday, you can still learn these 4 fun facts about the good luck charm.

4 Fun Facts About Four Leaf Clovers

Exactly How Rare Are Four Leaf Clovers?

It’s typically said that you have a 1-in-10,000 chance of finding a four leaf clover. This is based on a general scientific estimate. People have actually been known to find several four leaf clovers growing right in their yard or garden, while others have searched many fields without stumbling on a single lucky charm–or worse, picking up the wrong clover.

Of course, in the search for four leaf clovers, some people are just luckier than others. According to Guinness World Records, the current record holder for the most four leaf clovers found is held by Edward Martin Sr, who picked the vast majority of his 111,060 four leaf clovers in Alaska. The record has likely grown. It was last updated in 2007.

What Country Has the Most Four Leaf Clovers?

Many people think the phrase “The Luck of the Irish” stems from the idea that there are more four leaf clovers in Ireland than anywhere else in the world. Such a thing would be difficult to verify, and there definitely have been quite a few lucky charms found in other parts of the globe. More importantly, the term “The Luck of the Irish” doesn’t mean what most people think it means. It actually first appeared in America during the Gold Rush.

Did Abraham Lincoln Carry A Four Leaf Clover?

One of the most popular facts about four leaf clovers is that Abraham Lincoln carried a four leaf clover at all times. According to the popular legend, President Lincoln forgot to bring his good luck charm with him to Ford’s Theatre on the night he was assassinated. He isn’t the only famous leader in history linked to the four leaf clover. It’s also believed that Napoleon luckily avoided an assassination attempt by bending down to pick one.

Where Does That Fourth Leaf Come From?

If you’re wondering why four leaf clovers are so rare, you’d have to look at their genetic traits. According to researchers, the regular three leaf clover (one of hundreds of clover species, and known as Trifolium repens, or the “white clover”) actually possess a gene that allows for a fourth leaf to grow. However, these clovers also have a more dominant gene that thwarts the fourth leaf from sprouting. Only rarely do fourth leaves break free.


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10 Interesting Christmas Facts You Might Not Know

It’s almost Christmas! Over the last couple weeks, we’ve been offering you some interesting fun facts about the holiday season–now you can read all those fun Christmas facts right here. Learn about U.S. Presidents, why reindeer drive Santa’s sleigh, what kids around the world set out on Christmas Eve other than milk and cookies, as well as facts about Christmas trees, gift cards, the book tradition in Iceland and so much more…


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Presidential Tradition

Grover Cleveland was the first President to decorate the White House Christmas Tree with electric lights in 1894, only three years after electricity was installed in the White House. Learn more interesting facts about why we decorate with Christmas lights, as well as how Thomas Edison was involved in this LTD article.

The Coldest Christmas

Overall, 1983 was the coldest Christmas in the United States. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, over 125 cities east of the Rocky Mountains broke low temperature records on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. This Christmas probably won’t be that cold, but you’ll probably still want to bundle up while you travel and attend holiday get-togethers throughout the season. Get a few holiday fashion tips with our featured article here.

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Reindeer Origins

Reindeer were first domesticated by humans as early as 3,000 years ago. Today, almost half of the reindeer world population is domesticated. Anthropologists theorize that the reason reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh isn’t just because reindeer can survive up in the frigid climate where Santa lives. Some ancient cultures depicted the reindeer as leaping through the air, curious images that bring to mind reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh.

Milk & Cookies

In America, it’s traditional to leave out milk and cookies for Santa Claus. But this tradition varies from country to country. In Sweden, kids offer up coffee to keep Santa awake. In Ireland, a pint of Guinness isn’t out of the ordinary. In Chile, families leave out a sweet sponge cake known as Pan de Pascua to keep Santa moving.

Twelve Days of Christmas

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is as popular in Australia as it is here, but the lyrics are different. Instead of partridges, turtle doves and all the other birds, the Aussies use wombats, emus and all other kinds of wildlife from their native outback. Interested in some more interesting facts about Christmas songs? Keep reading.

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Big Wave of Books

One of Iceland’s deepest Christmas traditions is to give books to one another on Christmas Eve. Families spend the night reading their brand new books. The tradition is responsible for the Christmas Book Flood, an affectionate name for the huge wave of book sales that occurs between September and November as families prepare for their favorite Christmas Eve tradition. Get creative with book-giving using these ideas.

Official Christmas Tree

America has an official Christmas tree, and it’s not the one outside Rockefeller Center. It’s not even the tree that’s traditionally lit outside the White House each year. President Calvin Coolidge announced in 1926 that a giant sequoia (the General Grant Tree) living within Kings Canyon National Park in California, would be the Nation’s Christmas Tree. It also happens to be one of the biggest trees in the world at over 300 feet tall.

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After Thanksgiving

Christmas actually became an official national holiday in America in 1870, seven years after Thanksgiving was declared a federal holiday by Abraham Lincoln. It took awhile for Christmas to turn into the holiday we recognize today. The British brought Christmas to America in its earliest years, but strict Puritan beliefs did not allow for the “pagan” celebrations typically associated with the holiday. It was even outlawed in certain cities in the 17th century. After the Revolutionary War, many British traditions were no longer celebrated in America, including Christmas. The holiday resurfaced in the early decades of the 19th century, and by the time the Civil War ended, Christmas was finally a major holiday, mixing traditions from across the country.

Gift Card Craze

Gift cards have been on a steady rise in popularity over the last decade. In fact, the average person bought at least two gift cards in 2015. But even though gift cards are one of the most frequently requested gifts, they have yet to show that they’re truly valued by all. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly $1 billion in gift cards went unused in 2013, and about a third of that the next year. A big percentage of the numbers comes from people losing the physical card before using it, giving priority to digital gift cards as the solution for the near future.

Forests for Sale

Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states in America. Somewhere between 25-30 million Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. each year, while 300-350 million are currently planted to meet the future demand. The average growing time for a real tree is around seven years, and the states producing the most trees yearly are Oregon, North Carolina and Wisconsin, among others. It’s not too late to get your tree. Start right here.

Christmas Checklist (Day 12): Still Time to Trim the Tree

Quite a few families already have their Christmas trees up and decorated, but some of us are just catching up on our holiday decorations after a hectic Thanksgiving and a busy week of shopping. There’s still plenty of time to get a tree and decorate it with time to spare for Christmas. Take a look at two of our favorite pre-lit artificial trees, and get some last-minute ornaments to trim the tree or put to use as hostess gifts this season.


Artificial Christmas Trees

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6-Ft. Pre-Lit Pop-Up Christmas Trees 
7-Ft. Pre-Lit Trees


Ornaments Under $5

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Sentiment Globe Ornaments
NFL Sled Ornaments

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Lighted Marquee Monogram Ornaments
Set of 6 Mini Mason Jar Ornaments


Christmas Fun Fact #12

DID YOU KNOW: Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states in America. Somewhere between 25-30 million Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. each year, while 300-350 million are currently planted to meet the future demand. The average growing time for a real tree is around seven years, and the states producing the most trees yearly are Oregon, North Carolina and Wisconsin, among others. Trim your tree with some tips below.


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Ideas for Hosting a Tree-Trimming Party
The holiday season is a crazy time of year. Between holiday shopping and getting the house ready to host all of the out-of-town guests, you also have to get the tree decorated. Holiday decorating is a big task. One easy way to help get your holiday decorating started while making it feel like less of a chore is by hosting a tree trimming party. Here are five quick ideas to make your holiday decorating party festive and productive.