Christmas Day celebrates the Nativity of Jesus which (traditionally, but unlikely in reality) took place 25 December 1 BC. 25 December will be a public holiday in most countries around the world.
22% of men leave their Christmas shopping until the last two days before Christmas. Only 9% of women do the same. And 12% of us don't even start our Christmas shopping until the January sales.
The use of 'Xmas' isn't necessarily a secularisation of Christmas; it is said to date from the ancient practice of using a cross as a symbol for the word 'Christ'.
Alabama was the first US state to legalise the celebration of Christmas. The last state to make Christmas a legal holiday was Oklahoma in 1907.
Christmas began as an old English custom called wassailing, toasting neighbours to a long life.
Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of Vitamin C.
The holly in a wreath symbolises Christ's crown of thorns while the red berries are drops of his blood.
The bestselling Christmas single ever is Bing Crosby's White Christmas, selling over 50 million copies worldwide since 1942.
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was invented in 1938 by a department store, Montgomery Ward, as a marketing gimmick to get kids to buy holiday coloring books.
Kissing under the mistletoe is thought to derive from Frigga, the Norse goddess of love, who was associated with the plant.
All the gifts in the song 'Twelve Days of Christmas' would equal 364 gifts.
In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.
According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.
Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas in 1836.
In 1962, the first Christmas postage stamp was issued in the United States.
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