We all love Christmas. And come December we are all impatient about decking up our Christmas tree making a big deal about who lights it up. Let’s not forget Santa Claus, every child and adult’s (ahem..) favorite Christmas character. Let’s see how well we know Christmas and Santa of course.
We hope this list is insightful and worth taking a breather from the craziness this holiday season to learn some of these fun Christmas facts.
Maybe you’ll even get inspired to write some of them in your family’s annual Christmas letter or card, to share some of your newfound smarts with the crew.
WARNING: some of these facts may question everything you know about Christmas. However, if you like to challenge your facts….. Read On!
Contrary to the popular knowledge many theologians estimate that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25 but sometime in September between 6BC and 30AD.
Jingle all the way…
Turns out, we didn’t originally go dashing through the snow just for Christmas. James Lord Pierpont wrote a song called “One Horse Open Sleigh” and performed it at his church’s Thanksgiving concert originally. Then in 1857, the song was re-published under the title ‘Jingle Bells’, and it eventually became one of the most popular Christmas songs.
Also, “White Christmas”, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Winter Wonderland”, “The Christmas Song” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” plus the melody for “O Holy Night” were all written or co-written by Jews.
Coca-Cola played a huge part in Santa’s image.
Craving a Coke yet? Give it a second. According to Coca-Cola, Santa used to look a lot less jolly — even spooky. Go ahead, Google early images of Santa. We’ll wait. It wasn’t until the beverage company hired an illustrator named Haddon Sundblom in 1931 to create images of
Santa for magazine advertisements that we got the warm and friendly Santa we know today. Now, kids wouldn’t fear to interrupt Santa’s nightly work.
Christmas decorating sends nearly 15,000 people to the ER.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 14,700 people visit hospital emergency rooms each November and December from holiday-related decorating accidents in the US. So please, be careful when you’re decking the halls.
The biggest Christmas gift in the world.
The Statue of Liberty was gifted to the US by the French on Christmas day in 1886. It weighs 225 tons and thus you could consider it as the biggest Christmas gift in the world.
Christmas and heartbreaks
Two weeks before Christmas is one of the two most popular times for couples to break up. According to data analyzed from Facebook posts and statuses, couples are more likely to end their relationship two weeks before Christmas. Christmas Day, however, is the least favorite day for breakups.
While it was lovely to discover these lesser-known facts about Christmas don’t let it bother you so much these are just facts what matters most this festive season is that Christmas is a festival of joy and to practice kindness and love toward each other and help those who have less than us.
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