Christmas is a wonderful time of year.people around you will greet you by saying "Merry Christmas" ,So i'm gonna tell you some Things You Didn’t Know About
Christmas Ok, are you ready?Let's see how much you know about "Christmas traditions". Everything has a beginning and sometimes we do things without
even realizing ,So we just wanted to share a bit of Christmas Facts with you.Let us know if you are familiar with any
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Christmas Facts 2017
1. Christmas supposedly marks the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25.But there is no mention of December 25 in the Bible and most historians actually believe he was born in the
2. December 25 was probably chosen because it co-incided with the ancient pagan festival Saturnalia,which celebrated the agricultural god Saturn .Many of the popular
Christmas traditions today found their roots in Saturnalia: Branches from evergreen trees were used during winter solstice as a reminder of the green plants that would grow in spring
,These evergreen branches became the foundation of our Christmas tree.
3. Germans are thought to be the first to bring "Christmas trees" into their homes at the holidays and decorate them with cookies and lights .The Christmas tree made its way
to America in the 1830s but wasn't popular until 1846, after Germany's Prince Albert brought it to England when he married Queen Victoria.The two were sketchedin
front of a Christmas tree and the tradition instantly became popular .
4. The well-known reason we give presents at Christmasis to symbolize the gifts given to baby Jesus by the three wise men Because of its roots in pagan festivals .
5. Christmas was not immediately accepted by the religious.In fact, from 1659 to 1681, it was illegal to celebrate christmas in Boston.You were fined if you were caught
celebrating.What?That is crazy.Celebrating Christmas was illegal .
6. Santa didn't always wear a red suit.Santa Claus has worn blue and white and green in the past his traditional red suit came from a 1930s ad by Coca Cola.
7. Few people have ever seen Santa.The image of Santa Claus flying in a sleigh started in 1819...and was dreamt up by the same author who created the story - the Headless
Horseman, Washington Iiving.
8.Santa Claus delivering presents comes from Holland's celebration of St. Nicholas feast day on December .Children would leave shoes out the night before and, in the
morning, would find little gifts that St. Nicholas would leave them
9. And did you know that stockings come from this story: A poor man with three daughters couldn't afford the dowry to have them married.One night, St. Nicholas dropped
a bag of gold ,Down the man's chimney so that his oldest daughter would be able to get married, and the bag fell into a stocking that was drying by the fire.
10. Fried Chicken Christmas This will probably sound a bit ridiculousto those of us in Western society, but it’s actually become a common tradition in Japanfor families
to sit down and enjoy dinner from Kentucky Fried Chicken on Christmas.This came after a (very) successful marketing campaign by KFC in Japan in 1974, where theslogan
“Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!”or “Kentucky for Christmas” was plastered everywhere.The tradition is so entrenched now that Japanese families often reserve their
Christmas dinners as much as 2 months in advance to ensure they have them on the big day .
11. Santa’s Mailing Address The town of Santa Claus, Indiana was formedover 150 years ago.At the time of the town’s founding, however, the residents probably didn’t
think thatin the future the town would receive thousands of letters each and every year from childrenwho want to make sure Santa Claus has their list.Today, the town
does indeed receive many thousands of letters, 22,000 in 2015, and a dedicatedteam of town residents and post office workers who call themselves Santa’s Elves make
surethat every child who sends a letter gets a response straight from the Man In Red himself.
12. Canadian Christmas ,The United States Postal Service isn’t theonly one in the world to have set up a dedicated place for Santa’s Mail to be sent.After all, kids from
around the world need to get their lists to Santa and his elves,right?In Canada, kids writing to Mr. Claus just have to include the special postal code “H0H0H0” on their
letters and it will end up in the hands of the jolly old saint.This is an obvious homage to Santa Claus’s familiar “Ho Ho Ho!” expression, as wellas an easy way for kids to
make sure their Christmas mail gets where it’s going.The program has been going for 35 years and they expect more than 1.5 million lettersin 2016 alone.Amazingly,
they send a reply to each and every letter sent in the same language as the originalletter, from Japanese to Braille!
13. Halfway There In Norway, November doesn’t just remindpeople that Christmas is almost here.It actually helps people save money for gift exchange, since the government imposes
a 50%reduction in taxes for the entire month.This means that November is actually one of the most productive months, since everyonewants to make the most of the reduced taxes
and even put in some overtime.
14. White Christmas Green The song “White Christmas” is known byjust about everyone nowadays.It’s so well known, in fact, that it is considered to be the best-selling single ofall
time.Since the song was actually released prior to the tracking of song and album sales viathe top charts we know today, it’s not known exactly how many copies it has
sold.Nevertheless, it has outperformed all else nearly every year, having racked up an estimated100 million copies sold.
15. Movie Money Magic Each year we look forward to the slew of Christmas movies which are sure to be released during the holiday season.It’s our own cultural tradition now, and
for good reason.However, every now and then, one movie stands above all of the rest.For instance, the top grossing Christmas movie of all time came out more than 25 years ago-
Home Alone has generated more than $285million since its release.The runner up?The Jim Carrey version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, at $260 million in revenue.
16. Banking on a Hit Although many critics consider it to be hisworst song ever, Paul McCartney continues to bring in nearly a half million dollarsof revenue each and every year during
the holiday season due to his hit single WonderfulChristmastime.He gets to keep all of the revenue to himself, too - since he not only performed the song’svocals but also played all of the
track’s instruments himself.
17. Christmas Bash :On Christmas Eve in 1994, a pair of twin sisterswho lived in different villages collided into each others’ cars.While this is already a some what surprising
coincidence, the real shock comes when youlearn the sisters’ names...Lorraine and Levinia Christmas.
18. Locked In Although Denny’s had built a reputationfor being “Always Open”, they finally decided to close on Christmas day in 1988.There was just one problem with that,
however.Since they’d maintained that 24/7 reputation, their buildings actually didn’t have anylocks.New door fixtures had to be installed at each of the chain’s nearly 700 restaurants,
andbeing closed on Christmas cost them somewhere around $5 million in sales, but the companysays it was a good decision since it helped keep their employees happy.
19. Peaceful Exchange Although it was more than 100 years ago, WorldWar I was probably the single most devastating conflict in human history.It even outpaces World Facts
regard, since World War II was really a continuationof World War I in many ways.Despite this fierce, bloody, and violent confrontation between nations, a series of unofficial
ceasefirestook place on Christmas Day of 1914, all along the war’s many fronts.This came not only as a result of holiday cheer, but of battle fatigue caused by soldiershaving been near
death for a very long period of time.This period has come to be known as the Christmas Armistice, and it was a startling displayof human compassion in the midst of human
20. The Best of Intentions Many of us have opted to buy artificial trees for Christmas, whether this year or in years past.Fake trees are seen as the better option for many reasons, but
the highest among them is the growing concern for the environment.It makes sense that using a fake tree would be better than causing a real tree to be cutdown, right?Not so fast.As it
turns out, an independent study found that the production of an artificial treeis actually many times worse for the environment than just cutting down a real tree every year.In fact,
you’d have to use the same fake tree every year for about 20 years in orderfor it to be the more environmentally friendly option.
21. Short and to the Point Although many have seen the abbreviation “X-Mas”as a way for secular society to take the word Christ out of Christmas, it’s actually quitethe opposite.X is
the Greek alphabet letter for “Chi”, which itself is an abbreviation for the wordChrist in Greek.So writing “Merry X-Mas”, is really the same as writing “Merry Christmas”, ultimately.In fact,
historically, the letter X itself was used interchangeably with the word Christ.
22. Digging Deep for Christmas We all know that Christmas is the biggestholiday of the year for spending.But do you really know what all that spending adds up to?Studies of the
Christmas spending season each year have found that the average Americanspends about $700 on Christmas and Christmas presents each year.This all amounts to something like $465
billion of revenue generated in America each and everyyear as a direct result of Christmas.No wonder advertisers put so much emphasis
on the season of giving!
23. The Refreshing Truth Although the image of Santa Claus is tightlylinked to the Coca Cola brand in the perception of most of the western world, it’s actuallya myth that we owe the
modern image of Saint Nick to Coke ads.This rumor, unsurprisingly, has been aided in circulation by Coca Cola themselves, butthe truth is that the red and white suited,
large and jolly Santa Claus existed long beforeCoca Cola started making ads with him in them.In fact, the modern image of Santa dates back to a poem written in 1822, and a
series ofdrawings based on the poem which followed.
24. Hanging By A Thread We’ve all seen comical Christmas movieswhere an irritated father ascends a rickety ladder out in the snow in order to hang somelast-minute Christmas lights.Of
course, he inevitably falls off the ladder and everyone laughs.But did you know that in real life, similar decorating accidents send an average of 15,000Americans to the hospital each
year in December?It’s true - and the number one cause of such accidents are falls from ladders.
25. Thanksgiving Jingle Bells?“Jingle Bells” and the subsequent remakes and references in our culture has led to thesong being one of the most popular of the Christmas
season.However, it was actually originally composed for and intended to be a Thanksgiving song.It’s true - the song was composed by James L. Pierpont in 1857, and was intended
to tellof the sleigh races which Pierpont witnessed while he was a resident of Medford, Massachusetts.He composed it so that he’d have something to play for Thanksgiving at his
26. That Certain Feeling We all know the cliche of mistletoe hangingand the kisses which take place beneath it.But do you know why this tradition exists?It’s actually because in old
Pagan traditions which predate the modern interpretation ofChristmas by hundreds - or even thousands - of years, Mistletoe was seen as an aphrodisiac.It was traditionally brought
indoors at wintertime because of its “evergreen” nature, asa reminder that Spring would come again.As such, it became associated with the fertility and...frisky nature of Spring.
27. Rudolph’s Secret We love Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.His perennial tale of going from the underdog to the head of the pack is absolutely timeless,and a favorite for kids of
every generation.But he almost didn’t have his trademark red nose, because at the time of the character’screation, red noses were seen as a trait of alcoholics.Montgomery Ward, the
department store chain which created Rudolph, was worried that thepublic would associate the character with alcoholism right off the bat and without hearingthe story.Luckily they
took the risk, and now we have a beloved addition to our modern Christmas traditions.
28. An Important Birthday For those among us who still consider Christmasto be a sacred holiday, the main reason for this is because it is seen as the day JesusChrist was born.It’s
tradition that we think of the 25th of December as the birth of the Christiansavior, but biblical and historical scholars actually think that’s probably wrong.After analyzing clues given in
the bible and cross-referencing them with history and evenastronomical information such as star charts, experts have concluded that Jesus would probablyhave been born sometime in
the middle of the year or even fall, but probably not on Christmas.
29. Norwegian scientists think that Rudolph's nose is red because of a parasitic infection.
30. It was Pope Julius I who decided, in 350 A.D, that December 25th was the official birthdate of Jesus.Number
31. According to Facebook, the most popular time for couples to break up is about two weeksbefore Christmas.Number
32. Christmas was not declared an official holiday in the US until 1870
33. In Poland, spiders and spider webs are common Christmas tree decorations. This is because,according to Polish legend, a spider wove a blanket for the baby Jesus
34. Estimates indicate that the song "White Christmas"s the best selling single of all time, withmore than 100 million sales globally
35. Most of Santa's reindeer have names that sound male. However, male reindeer shed their antlersaround Christmas and so Santa's sleigh is likely to be pulled by lady reindeer
36. Every year there are around 20,000 "rent-a-santas" across the US. They have to undergo trainingon how to stay jolly when faced with the pressures of the public.
37. Mistletoe was considered sacred by ancient Druids. This was because mistletoe stays greenand bears fruit in the winter, while all other plants appear to die. Believing that the planthad
special powers, they would only cut it with golden sickles and never allow it totouch the ground
38. Smelly MistletoeIt's that time of year again! Grab your sweetheart and head below the mistle toe! But do youknow the true origins of this smooch worthy
plant?Literally meaning “dung twig”, mistletoe is named after the fact that it tends to springout of bird droppings on trees after the seeds
have passed through the bird’s digestivetract.Not only this but it can also be very parasitic, often requiring a host tree in order to sustainitself. So, next time you kiss your significant
otherbeneath the mistletoe, remember, you’re standing beneath a parasitic poop twig.
39. The Wartime Christmas TruceFive months into World War One on the morning of December 25th, 1914, German soldiers positionedon the western front emerged from their
trenchesand walked towards Allied troops yelling outthe words “Merry Christmas” in English.To everyone's amazement it was not a trick and Countless British fighters came out togreet
them and shake hands, some even exchanging cigarettes as gifts.Later known as the Christmas Truce of 1914, this event was one of the last examples ofwartime chivalry.
40. Rudolph The Red Nose Drunk :Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer got his startas an advertising gimmick. A copywriter named Robert L. May first created the merry misfitin 1939 to
lure shoppers into the Montgomery Ward department store.During the design process executives almost axed the character due to the fact a red nosewas a sign of chronic alcoholism
and Montgomery Ward thought he would look like a drunkard.Eventually clearer heads prevailed the the Rudolph we all know and love was born
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