Some Fun Facts About Christmas
Christmas is everyone’s favorite time of the year. We all love the music, the lights, the Christmas spirit, and the time with friends and family. Below are some fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about Christmas:
1- Approximately one million letters are addressed to Santa each Christmas. The address you ask? “H0H 0H0, North Pole, Canada.”
2- New Zealand bans all television advertising on Christmas Day
3- According to Facebook data analysis, the week before Christmas is the most popular time for couples to break up, ouch…
4- Norwegians pay only 50% of their usual tax in November, so everyone has more money for Christmas.
5- Approximately 30-35 million real Christmas trees are cut down and sold each season in the United States.
6- Though Santa Claus has worn blue, white and green in the past, his traditional red suit was actually inspired by a 1930s ad from Coca Cola.
7- “Jingle Bells” was originally written for Thanksgiving.
8- Rudolph, the ‘Red-Nosed Reindeer’ has helpers too! It would be impossible for Rudolph alone to pull Santa’s sled, don’t you think? There are eight other reindeers that help Santa. These eight reindeers are Cupid, Dancer, Vixen, Dunder, Comet, Dasher, Prancer, and Blixem.
9- Eating Chinese Food for Christmas is a tradition for many Jewish-Americans.
10- The British and Irish wear paper crowns while they eat Christmas dinner. The crowns are stored in a tube called a Christmas cracker.
11- Every year, Europeans decorate about 50 million live Christmas trees and the United States about 35 million.
12- One can eat more than 7,000 calories during Christmas when you add up the turkey, dressing, mashed and sweet potatoes, other sides, pie, rolls, and drinks.
13- The song “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” originally was sung by servants to demand alcoholic drinks from their masters. “We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here.”
14- About $1,000 is spent on Christmas gifts each year by the average American family.
15- The origin of stockings being hung on Christmas came from the Dutch custom of leaving shoes full of food for St. Nicolas’ donkey which would then be filled with small gifts by St. Nicholas.
16- Many people think Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States. However, the busiest shopping days of the year are the Friday and Saturday before Christmas.
17- During the Christmas season each year more than 1.76 billion candy canes are made.
18- Mistletoe was an ancient symbol of virility, so someone stood under it if they were available to the opposite sex.