Christmas Day Facts

Facts about Christmas Day

Christmas Day

What is Christmas?

Christmas Day celebrates the Nativity of Jesus which according to tradition took place on 25 December 1 BC. 25th December will be a public holiday in most countries around the world.

Facts about Christmas

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 Caroling 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.

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

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

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

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

Good King Wenceslas was not a king, he was a Duke

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.

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

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

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


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