Christmas season is approaching, so we thought of composing some interesting facts about Christmas. Hope you enjoy these.
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1. Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December, which marks the birth of Jesus Christ. However, the exact date and month of Jesus’ birth are unknown.
2. And interestingly, even though the majority of the population believes that Jesus was born on this day, they spend more time visiting shopping malls than studying the life of the messenger.
3. ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
4. ‘Jingle Bells’ – was the first song sung by astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra in space, on December 16, 1965.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Did you know that the first Christmas was celebrated on December 25, AD 336 in Rome?
12. Other names of Christmas from the old times include – ‘Midwinter’, ‘Nativity’ and ‘Yule’.
13. 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.
14. The other name of ‘Christmas Tree’ is Yule-tree.
15. Did you know that Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states including Hawaii and Alaska?
16. Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
17. Christmas tree decoration is believed to have originated in the 16th century in Germany.
18. The ‘X’ in X-Mas, as we all use today, comes from the Greek meaning of ‘X’ i.e. Christ.
19. Alabama became the first US state to declare Christmas as a legal holiday in 1836 and the last was Oklahoma, in 1907.
20. Christmas trees were first decorated with fruits (mainly apples), and then later on people started using candles, and then electric lights (1895) to decorate these trees.
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21. Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition.
22. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the busiest shopping days and not the Black Friday.
23. California, Oregon, Michigan, Washington, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina are the top Christmas tree producing states from the U.S.
24. Thomas Edison’s assistant came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees (though we are not sure).
25. In the world, there are two islands that are named ‘Christmas’ – one is in the Pacific Ocean and the other in the Indian Ocean.
26. The largest floating Christmas tree in the world — 278 feet tall — is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
27. Christmas trees are sold in the US since 1850, and on an average it takes 6-8 years for a Christmas tree to be fully grown, although it can take 15.
28. Once a Christmas tree is harvested, two to three are planted in its place because it takes many years for the trees to be fully grown before they can be harvested.
29. The tallest living Christmas tree is believed to be the 122-foot, 91-year-old Douglas fir in the town of Woodinville, Washington.
30. Christmas season sales account for almost 1/6 of all retail sales in the US.
31. According to a survey, it is expected that in the 2015 Christmas season, $830 billion will be spent alone in the US towards Christmas gifts and 47% of these shoppers will buy gifts online.
32. A Christmas tale from old wives believes that if you bake bread on Christmas Eve, the bread will stay fresh forever. However, there is no evidence to prove that this tale is true as nobody has tried keeping the bread up that long.
33. In 1962 – the US issued the first Christmas postage stamp.
34. Christmas trees were banned–due to environmental concerns–in the White House in 1901–by the then President Teddy Roosevelt.
35. Franklin Pierce was the first president to place a Christmas tree in the White House.
36. In Italy, Christmas dinner can last for more than 4 hours. Yes that’s right. Most of the Italian families have more than 7 courses for the dinner.
37. Japanese spend their Christmas Eve eating in KFCs. This is a popular tradition in Japan so much that customers have to book their seats 2 months in advance.
38. Approximately 35 million Christmas trees are produced during the Christmas season to keep pace with the demand.
39. In Guatemala, adults do not exchange Christmas gifts until New Year’s Day.
40. In 1843, one thousand copies of the first Christmas cards were sold. A civil servant Sir Henry Cole in London is credited with making the initial sales of the cards.
41. ‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby is the best-selling Christmas song ever. It has sold more than 50 million copies around the world.
42. Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season. Though these figures are closely related and are often interchangeable.
43. December 25 – January 5 is referred to as ‘Christmastide’ or ‘Twelve Holy Days’.
44. Here is a list of the twelve days of Christmas.
- Day 1 (25th December): Christmas Day
- Day 2 (26th December): St Stephen’s Day or Boxing Day.
- Day 3 (27th December): St John the Apostle
- Day 4 (28th December): The Feast of the Holy Innocents.
- Day 5 (29th December): St Thomas Becket.
- Day 6 (30th December): St Egwin of Worcester.
- Day 7 (31st December): New Years Eve.
- Day 8 (1st January): Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
- Day 9 (2nd January): St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen.
- Day 10 (3rd January): Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.
- Day 11 (4th January): St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
- Day 12 (5th January): St. John Neumann, also known as Epiphany Eve.
45. King William I of England was crowned on Christmas Day 1066.
46. On a Christmas feast in 1377, hosted by King Richard II of England, twenty-eight oxen and three hundred sheep were eaten.
47. Between 1640 and 1958, the Parliament of Scotland officially abolished the observance of Christmas.
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48. Christmas was much popular in Germany than in America during the 18th
49. Charles Dickens has written a novel on Christmas – ‘A Christmas Carol’. And it became very popular and it took him 6 weeks to write this novel.
50. Kids did you know that in Hawaii, Santa is called Kanakaloka?
51. Before turkey, the traditional Christmas meal in England was a pig’s head and mustard.
52. In 2014, approximately 10 million Turkeys were consumed in the U.K. during the Christmas.
54. A movie titled ‘The Santa Clause’ was released in 1994. A man in the movie inadvertently killed Santa and was magically recruited to take the place of Santa. You can watch this movie on YouTube and iTunes store for a small fee.
55. Santa has a real postal zip code – H0H 0H0. Every year millions of letters are addressed to Santa from kids all over the world. The postal workers at the Canadian Post Office also started answering some of these letters.
56. Christmas is celebrated to represent the ‘spirit of giving’ which is why so many gifts are exchanged on the occasion. It is also important to remember and help people that are less fortunate than us.
57. In the U.K. only, 2.4 billion Pounds is spent on uneaten, discarded food and unwanted gifts as per a survey by The Money Advice Service. This is a huge amount, which if put to other useful purposes, can break or make the future of those people who are underprivileged.
58. The bizarre Catalonian tradition of caga tió(or “defecating log” in English) involves creating a character out of a small log – often complete with a grinning face and hat – which sits on the dining room table during the fortnight leading up to Christmas. It has to be fed every day with fruit, nuts and sweets, and then – on Christmas Eve – the entire family beats the log with sticks, while singing traditional songs, forcing the log to excrete its treats. You couldn’t make it up.
59. The most expensively dressed Christmas tree–valued at $11,026,900–was seen in the United Arab Emirates last year.
60. And the most lights lit on simultaneously on a Christmas tree is 194,672.
61. 1/3rd of the 20 highest grossing movies were released during the Christmas.
62. Visa cards are used 5-6 thousand times every minute during the Christmas season.
63. The first Christmas was celebrated in America in 1539 and a bunch of people gathered for the celebration devoid of any gifts or trees.
64. The Rubik was the highest selling Christmas toy in 1980. That time it sold for $1.99 and today it retails for $10.
65. Gifts are shared during the Christmas season to symbolize the gifts given to Jesus by the three wise men.