Christmas, Florida

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Christmas is a census-designated place and an unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida, United States. It is part of the OrlandoKissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,162 at the 2000 census. Christmas is home to the world's largest (nonorganic) alligator, measuring at just over 200 feet (61 m). Every year, Christmas sends a large amount of mail from its Post Office from people who mail letters from the town so they can have the "Christmas" postmark on their holiday mailings.

It is also home to many Orlando digital TV stations' transmission towers.

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History

On December 25, 1837, a force of 2,000 U.S. Army Soldiers and Alabama Volunteers arrived in the area to construct a fort, which they named, Fort Christmas. The fort was one of over 200 forts built during the Second Seminole War.

Geography

Christmas is located at 28°31′57″N 80°59′38″W / 28.5325°N 80.99389°W / 28.5325; -80.99389 (28.532428, -80.993956)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.21 km² (3.6 mi²), all land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,162 people, 420 households, and 304 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 125.7/km² (325.3/mi²). There were 446 housing units at an average density of 48.2/km² (124.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.44% White, 0.43% African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.60% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.15% of the population.

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