99 Interesting Facts About Christmas

Last updated on July 31st, 2017 at 03:41 am

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

Fact 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.

Fact 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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Fact 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Fact 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.

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

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

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

Fact 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.

Fact 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.

Fact 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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Fact 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.

Fact 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.

Fact 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.

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

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

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

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

Fact 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.

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

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