Facts about Christmas Day

Facts about Christmas Day

Christmas Day celebrates the Nativity of Jesus, the date of which according to tradition took place on December 25th 1 BC. Most countries around the world celeb

To mark the day, here are 24 interesting facts about Christmas Day.

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. Christmas Day Facts

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'. Christmas Day Facts

Christmas Carol singing began as an old English custom called wassailing, toasting neighbours to a long life. Christmas Day Facts

Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of Vitamin C. Christmas Day Facts

The holly in a wreath symbolises Christ's crown of thorns while the red berries are drops of his blood. The holly in a wreath symbolises Christ's crown of thorns while the red berries are drops of his blood. Christmas Day Facts

The bestselling Christmas single ever is Bing Crosby's White Christmas, selling over 50 million copies worldwide since 1942. Christmas Day Facts

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. 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. Christmas Day Facts

Kissing under the mistletoe is thought to derive from Frigga, the Norse goddess of love, who was associated with the plant. Christmas Day Facts

All the gifts in the song 'Twelve Days of Christmas' would equal 364 gifts. Christmas Day Facts

In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ. Christmas Day Facts

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. Christmas Day Facts

In 1962, the first Christmas postage stamp was issued in the United States. Christmas Day Facts

After each Christmas, Britons return £207 million worth of unwanted gifts Christmas Day Facts

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 Day Facts

In Icelandic folklore, the Yule Cat (Jólakötturinn) will eat anyone who does not receive new clothes by Christmas Eve Christmas Day Facts

In 1972, the Peruvian government banned Santa Claus from appearing on radio and Television. In 1972, the Peruvian government banned Santa Claus from appearing on radio and Television. Christmas Day Facts

The first artificial trees were made in Germany in the 19th century from goose feathers dyed green. Christmas Day Facts

Good King Wenceslas was not a king - he was a Duke. Christmas Day Facts

The single largest candy cane ever produced was made in 2012 by Chef Alain Roby of the All-Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva, Illinois. It was 51 foot long and was made using 900 pounds of sugar. Christmas Day Facts

Reindeer antlers grow at a rate of more than an inch a day, making them the fastest growing tissue of any mammal. Reindeer antlers grow at a rate of more than an inch a day, making them the fastest growing tissue of any mammal. Christmas Day Facts

Tiny Tim in Dickens A Christmas Carol was originally called Little Fred. Christmas Day Facts

Christmas wasn't declared an official holiday in the United States until 26 June 1870. Christmas Day Facts

Taiwan used to get Christmas day off as a national holiday. They called it Constitution Day but the holiday was created to appease a politician's wife who was a Christian. Christmas Day Facts

The greeting MERRY CHRISTMAS first appeared in 1843 in the famous novella "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens. Christmas Day Facts
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