Here are some facts about Christmas, from the factsite.com.
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Scientists figured out that for Santa to deliver all the world’s gifts on Christmas Eve he would need to visit 822 homes a second traveling 650 miles a second or 2,340,000 miles per hour (3,765,865 kph)
For 13 years, between 1647 and 1660, Christmas was banned in the UK by Cromwell after the English Civil War.
Our needly favorite, the Christmas tree, doesn’t need to be thrown away every year, some parts are edible including the needles themselves which are a source of Vitamin C.
The holly inside a wreath actually represents Jesus’ Crown and the red berries represent his blood
In 2015, the world’s first Christmas card commissioned by Sir Henry Cole in 1843 sold for £8,469 ($10,513.84). The hand-colored card pictured a family drinking wine.
The star of Bethlehem that guided the wise-men is believed to be a comet or Uranus.
Our favorite pudding, the Christmas pudding, was initially a soup made with raisins and wine.
Edward Johnson invented the first electrical tree lights in 1882
The first Christmas was supposedly held in York, UK in 521AD
The Christmas-card staple, the red robin, was originally a joke mocking postman who wore red tunics. These postmen were known as robins.
Many peoples favorite carol “Jingle Bells” written in 1857 was actually written for Thanksgiving and was called “on horse open sleigh!”
Turkey wasn’t always the Christmas-go-to, England’s traditional meal of choice was actually a pig’s head and mustard. (Give me a goose, please?!?)
Santa Clause has worn many colors in his time including Blue, Green, white and Red. The red suit came about when Coca-Cola had an advertisement campaign in the 30’s.
The word Christmas comes from the old English meaning Christ’s mass (Cristes maesse).
The first Christmas crackers were made in London in 1847 by Tom Smith.
Rudolph was created in 1938 by a US marketing company.
The gold chocolate coins we receive at Christmas are to represent the gold St Nicholas supposedly gave to the poor.
The first ever artificial Christmas tree was a German tree made of dyed goose feathers.
“What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more.”
~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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