1. Have you received a fun creative Christmas card? These lovely letters of good wishes
originated in England and were first sent in the 1840s.
2. It takes around 15 years for a Christmas Tree to grow to 6-8 Feet. There are about 30-35 million Christmas trees planted every year.
3. The tallest Decorated Christmas Tree ever displayed was in Seattle in 1950. It was 221 feet tall!
4. Christmas Trees are also called Yule Tress.
5. Traditional colours for Christmas are red, green and gold. They represent eternal life, the blood of Jesus and royalty.
6. The carol “Jingle Bells” was originally written for Thanksgiving as a way to commemorate the famed Medford sleigh races.
7. On December 16, 1965, Jingle Bells was the first song to be broadcast from space.
8. Have you sent a letter to Santa Claus? In the United States, all letters addressed to Santa go to Santa Claus, Indiana.
9. In Japan is it tradition to eat KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) for Christmas. Orders must be placed two months in advance.
10. Why do we say “X-mas”? We use the abbreviation X-mas because of an ancient tradition. X is a Greek letter “chi” which is a short form for the word “Christ” in Greek.
11. 1 In 3 men waits until Christmas Eve to do their Christmas shopping.
12. The two days before Christmas are the busiest shopping days of the year. Even busier than Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
13. In 1980, the must-have toy for Christmas was a 2$ Rubik’s cube. Quite the difference compared to the top sellers in 2017; Hatchimals, fingerlings, fidget spinners and Nintendo switches.
14. One of the most iconic Christmas characters in Central Europe is a character named Krampus. A Demon that wanders the streets with chains and bells looking for naughty children.
15. In the early 1900’s, when Christmas lights were the newest trend. Many people would rent rather than purchase the lights because they were so expensive. A lit tree in the early 1900’s was very much a status symbol.
16. Americans purchase and send 1.6 Billion Christmas cards every holiday season.
17. Candy canes were originally created in Germany and were moulded into a J shape for Jesus. The red stripe wrapped around the cane symbolizes the blood of Christ.
18. Since Dennys Restaurants in the United States were originally designed to be open 24/7, their buildings were built without locks. This was an issue because in 1988 they decided to close the stores for Christmas Day for the first time!
19. Coca-Cola was the first company to use the image of Santa Claus for promotion during the holiday season in 1950.
20. The statue of Liberty was a Christmas present from the French to the United States, in 1886. It is considered to be the largest Christmas present in the world, weighing 225 tons.
21. Christmas dinners in Italy can last for more than 4 hours. Most Italian families have more than 7 courses for Christmas dinner.
22. Scientists calculated that Santa and his Reindeer would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second.
23. The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor.
24. The first Christmas crackers – a traditional festive favourite – were made around 1845-1850 by a London sweet maker called Tom Smith.
25. The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th of December.
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