99 Interesting Facts About Christmas

Last updated on July 10th, 2017 at 02:11 am

Fact 27. In Dublin in 1742 the Christmas oratorio, “The Messiah”, by George Frederick Handle was first performed.

Fact 28. NORAD’s “Santa Tracker” was born from a misprint in the newspaper. A 1955 Sears ad was supposed to print the number of a store where children could call and tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. The number printed was to the hotline of the Director of Operations for the U.S. Continental Air Defense. Colonel Shoup ordered his staff to give the children updates on the flight coordinates of Santa.

Fact 29. A tradition began and continues until this day. NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) continues to provide flight updates on local news, the Internet, and even a special iPhone application every Christmas.

Fact 30. The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.

Fact 31. You would have to use your artificial tree for more than 20 years for it to be ‘greener’ than buying a fresh-cut tree annually.

Fact 32. Nova Scotia is the world’s leading exporter of Christmas trees.

Fact 33. Since Denny’s restaurants in the U.S. were originally designed to be perpetually open their buildings were built without locks. This became a problem when they decided in 1988 to close on Christmas Day for the first time.

Fact 34. Almost 28 sets of LEGO are sold every second during the Christmas season.

Fact 35. The Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany was first held in 1570 and is one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets. It is also the largest in Europe. Folks from all over the world visit it annually.

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Fact 36. Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December, which marks the birth of Jesus Christ (P.B.U.H). However, the exact date and month of Jesus’ birth are unknown.

Fact 37. And interestingly, even though the majority of the population believes that Jesus (P.B.U.H) was born on this day, they spend more time visiting shopping malls than studying the life of the messenger.

Fact 38. ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.

Fact 39. ‘Jingle Bells’ – was the first song sung by astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra in space, on December 16, 1965.

Fact 40. Christmas might be a public holiday; however, it is not a biblical holy day. The Bible does not say anywhere to keep Christmas as a holy day.

Fact 41. Our modern day Santa Claus has to travel at more than the speed of light to deliver gifts to all the kids in the world and he would have 31 hours (considering all the times zones) on the Christmas day to get his favorite job done.

Fact 42. Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.

Fact 43. There is also a website – Christmas.com. However, the site is a commercial space on the web. You can shop a variety of things and products related with this giant festival celebrated in various parts of the world.

Fact 44. A law in Britain to this day forbids you from not visiting church on Christmas day. And you cannot visit the church on a vehicle. However, this law is just sitting on a piece of paper and is not followed actually.

Fact 45. The Statue of Liberty was gifted to the US by the French on Christmas day in 1886. It weighs 225 tons and thus you could consider it as the biggest Christmas gift in the world.

Statue of Liberty.
Statue of Liberty. image credit – Steve Parker

Fact 46. Did you know that the first Christmas was celebrated on December 25, AD 336 in Rome?

Fact 47. Other names of Christmas from the old times include – ‘Midwinter’, ‘Nativity’ and ‘Yule’.

Fact 48. More than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone, every year. The business of ‘Christmas cards’ is a huge, if you are looking for one.

Fact 49. The other name of ‘Christmas Tree’ is Yule-tree.

Fact 50. Did you know that Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states including Hawaii and Alaska?

Fact 51. Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.

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