Christmas Trivia and Fun Facts

Image Credit: Flickr User Bunches and Bits

Image Credit: Flickr User Bunches and Bits

It’s Christmas Eve! Be bell of the holiday party ball with these bits of fun Christmas Trivia and Facts sure to dazzle your friends and family with your holiday knowledge brilliance!

The legend of Santa Claus is a mish mosh of many traditions, but two of the main influences are a real peson, St. Nicholas of Myra, and a Viking god, Odin. St. Nicholas of Myra, was born in Patara (modern day Turkey) in the fourth century. He supposedly had a penchant for secret gift giving and his exploits were the inspiration for Christmas stockings. Legend says he crept down the chimney of three sisters who could not afford a marriage dowery and filled their stockings with coins. Odin on the other hand, gave us flying reindeer and the idea of naughty and nice. The Viking god rode a flying eight legged horse called Sleipnir, the inspiration for Santa’s flying sleigh, and doled out gifts and punishments, depending on whether you were naughty or nice, in the winder. (source 1 & 2)

Did you know apples were the earliest Christmas tree decorations? The tradition of putting apples on trees harkens back to when December 24th was Adam and Eve’s Day, celebrated each year with a play about the garden of eden, the paradise tree, and the apple. (source 2 & 3)

Christmas dinner in Britain involves some nifty headware. The British wear paper crowns while they eat, a tradition that has it’s origins in Roman Saturnalia Celebrations. (source 2)

If you’re sending a letter to Santa in Canada, his postal code is easy to remember, it’s H0H 0H0. (source 2)

Jingle Bells, written in 1857, was originally meant to be a Thanksgiving song. (source 4)

Two weeks before Christmas is supposedly one of the two most popular times of year for couples to break up, according to data analyzed from Facebook posts. In contrast, Christmas Day is apparently the least popular day for breakups. (source 1)

Christmas was not made an officail U.S. Holiday in the U.S. until June 26, 1870. (source 1)

The first artificial Christmas trees were made in Germany of dyed green goose feathers. (source 4)

Rudolph has become a large part of the U.S. Christmas tradition, but did you know he started out in the 1930’s as a holiday promotion for Montgomery Ward? (source 5)

More than 1.5 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. each year. If you don’t save your cards, I hope you all remember to recycle them. (source 6)

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