99 Interesting Facts About Christmas

Last updated on December 18th, 2017

#52. Christmas tree decoration is believed to have originated in the 16th century in Germany.

#53. The ‘X’ in X-Mas, as we all use today, comes from the Greek meaning of ‘X’ i.e. Christ.

#54. Alabama became the first US state to declare Christmas as a legal holiday in 1836 and the last was Oklahoma, in 1907.

#55. 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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#56. Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition.

#57. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the busiest shopping days and not the Black Friday.

#58. California, Oregon, Michigan, Washington, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina are the top Christmas tree producing states from the U.S.

#59. Thomas Edison’s assistant came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees (though we are not sure).

#60. In the world, there are two islands that are named ‘Christmas’ – one is in the Pacific Ocean and the other in the Indian Ocean.

#61. The largest floating Christmas tree in the world — 278 feet tall — is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The largest floating Christmas tree in the world - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The largest floating Christmas tree in the world – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image credit – Leandro Neumann Ciuffo

#62. 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.

#63. 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.

#64. The tallest living Christmas tree is believed to be the 122-foot, 91-year-old Douglas fir in the town of Woodinville, Washington.

#65. Christmas season sales account for almost 1/6 of all retail sales in the US.

#66. 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.

#67. 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.

#68. In 1962 – the US issued the first Christmas postage stamp.

#69. Christmas trees were banned–due to environmental concerns–in the White House in 1901–by the then President Teddy Roosevelt.

#70. Franklin Pierce was the first president to place a Christmas tree in the White House.

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The White House – the executive residence and principal workplace of every President of the United States of America since John Adams. Image credit – Wally Gobetz

#71. 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.

#72. 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.

#73. Approximately 35 million Christmas trees are produced during the Christmas season to keep pace with the demand.

#74. In Guatemala, adults do not exchange Christmas gifts until New Year’s Day.

#75. 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.

#76. ‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby is the best-selling Christmas song ever. It has sold more than 50 million copies around the world.

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#77. 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.

#78. December 25 – January 5 is referred to as ‘Christmastide’ or ‘Twelve Holy Days’.

#79. King William I of England was crowned on Christmas Day 1066.

#80. On a Christmas feast in 1377, hosted by King Richard II of England, twenty-eight oxen and three hundred sheep were eaten.

#81. Between 1640 and 1958, the Parliament of Scotland officially abolished the observance of Christmas.

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#82. Christmas was much popular in Germany than in America during the 18th

#83. 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.

#84. Kids did you know that in Hawaii, Santa is called Kanakaloka?

#85. Before turkey, the traditional Christmas meal in England was a pig’s head and mustard.

#86. In 2014, approximately 10 million Turkeys were consumed in the U.K. during the Christmas.

#87. Different names of SANTA CLAUS around the world include: Kriss Kringle in Germany, Le Befana in Italy, Pere Noel in France and Deushka Moroz (Grandfather Frost) in Russia.

#88. 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.

#89. 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.

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Santa Claus has a present for you! Image credit – Aurélien Selle

#90. 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.

#91. 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.

#92. 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.

#93. The most expensively dressed Christmas tree–valued at $11,026,900–was seen in the United Arab Emirates last year.

#94. And the most lights lit on simultaneously on a Christmas tree is 194,672.

#95. 1/3rd of the 20 highest grossing movies were released during the Christmas.

#96. Visa cards are used 5-6 thousand times every minute during the Christmas season.

#97. The first Christmas was celebrated in America in 1539 and a bunch of people gathered for the celebration devoid of any gifts or trees.

#98. The Rubik was the highest selling Christmas toy in 1980. That time it sold for $1.99 and today it retails for $10.

#99. Gifts are shared during the Christmas season to symbolize the gifts given to Jesus (P.B.U.H) by the three wise men.

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