25-50 Interesting Facts about Christmas

Date:14-11-2013 11:40:35 read:4

Christmas is here and we bring you some interesting facts to add to your holiday cheer!

Fact #1

It is an interesting fact that the first artificial Christmas trees that the Germans had were made of dyed goose feathers.

Fact #2

Did you know that the term “Xmas” stems from Greece. The fact is that in Greek, “X” symbolizes Christ.

Fact #3

The tradition of sending cards on Christmas is quite popular. In fact, in US alone, over 3 billion Christmas cards are sent every year.

Fact #4

It was in A.D. 350, that Pope Julius I (bishop of Rome) first proclaimed December 25 as the official celebration date for Christ’s birthday.

Fact #5

If you carefully listen to the popular song “Twelve Days of Christmas”, you would notice that the total number of gifts exchanged in that song are 364!

Fact #6

It is interesting to note that the Christmas trees grow for about 15 years before they become ready for selling.

Fact #7

It was the state of Alabama in the United States that first recognized Christmas officially in 1836.

Fact #8

Irving Berlin’s hit single “White Christmas” is considered to be the best selling single of all time. It is estimated to have more than 100 million sales worldwide.

Fact #9

In 1841, the J. W. Parkinson’s store in Philadelphia became the first department store to feature a visit with Santa Claus.

Fact #10

The tallest Christmas tree to be cut as per the Guinness world records, was a 221-foot Douglas fir. It was featured at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington in the year 1950.

Fact #11

The Mistletoe is almost synonymous with the Xmas celebrations. It is an interesting fact that the word ” Mistletoe” comes from the Old English words, “mistel” (dung) and “tan” (twig). It is believed that the name of the plant comes from the droppings of the birds on a branch.

Fact #12

A Yule log is usually burned during the Twelve Days of Christmas. It is believed by some scholars that the word “Yule” means “revolution” or “wheel,” and it symbolizes the cyclical return of the sun. Some also believe that the charred remains of the log help ward off evil spirits and also bring fertility, health, and luck.

Fact #13

The song “Jingle Bells” is the first song to be ever broadcasted from space. It happened on December 16, 1965 when Gemini 6 astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra sang it.

Fact #14

Santa is addressed by different names around the world. In Germany, he is called Kriss Kringle while in Italy he has Le Befana as his name. Also, he is addressed as Pere Noel in France and as Deushka Moroz in Russia.

Fact #15

As per the calculations of some US scientists, Santa would need to visit 822 homes per second in order to deliver presents throughout the world on Christmas Eve. Also, he would have to travel at a speed of 650 miles a second.

Fact #16

It was only when St Francis of Assisi introduced it in the 13th Century that Carols began to be sung in churches.

Fact #17

It was London’s Tom Smith who in 1847 made the first Christmas crackers. The cracker was based on the sweet wrapper design.

Fact #18

There are several theologians who believe that Jesus was born sometime in September between 6BC and 30AD, and not on December 25.

Fact #19

You would be surprised to know that the famous James Pierpont song “Jingle Bells” was originally titled “One Horse Open Sleigh” and was meant for Thanksgiving.

Fact #20

Santa Claus is based on St. Nikolas of Myra, who lived in the 4th century. He was born in modern-day Turkey, and is known to be the world’s most popular non-Biblical saint.

Fact #21

The tradition of hanging stockings on Christmas apparently comes from the story of 3 sisters. They could not get married since they were too poor to pay dowry. It was only when Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna (the precursor to Santa Claus) came down their chimney and filled their stockings with gold coins that their life changed for the better.

Fact #22

It is an interesting fact that being an environmentalist, in the year 1912 President Teddy Roosevelt banned Christmas trees from the White House.

Fact #23

In was in the year 1962 that the first Christmas postage stamp was issued in the United States.

Fact #24

The world’s biggest ever snowman was built by the residents of the state of Maine in America in the year 1999. This snowman was 113 feet tall.

Fact #25

Made by the Children’s Society in London in 2007, the world’s largest Christmas stocking measured 106 feet and 9 inches long and 49 feet and 1 inch wide. What’s more, it was as heavy as 5 reindeer and could hold about 1,000 presents.

Fact #26

The first Christmas card was invented in 1843 by British illustrator John Callcott Horsley. It was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole.

Fact #27

In the year 1886, the French gave the biggest Christmas present ever in the form of the Statue of Liberty.

Fact #28

It is interesting to know that the holly in a wreath is symbolic of Christ’s crown of thorns. Moreover, the red berries in the holly stand for the drops of Christ’s blood.

Fact #29

Many believe that the first North American Christmas carol was written in 1649 by John de Brebeur. It was called “Jesus is Born”.

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