It’s Christmas day, but how much do you really know about this cheerful holiday? Check out these 10 random Christmas facts that may surprise you!
Did you know…
Artificial Christmas trees date back to the 19th century. In the Pacific tropical islands, where pine trees couldn’t grow, Christian settlers manufactured trees from wood, then wrapped vines of evergreen around the planks.
There are multiple US towns that are forever in the Christmas spirit with Yuletide names such as Santa Claus, Indiana and Arizona; Noel, Missouri; and Christmas, Arizona and Florida.
Rumor has it that the abbreviation Xmas is sacrilegious. However, the first letter of the word Christ in Greek is chi, which is written as the letter X. Xmas was originally used as an abbreviation for charts and data by the Christian Church.
The film, How the Grinch Stole Christmas featured more than 50,000 Christmas lights, about 8,000 Christmas ornaments and nearly 2,000 candy canes!
There isn’t just Santa Claus! The actual gift giver is different in various countries. England: Father Christmas; Spain and South America: The Three Kings; Italy: La Befana; Holland: St. Nicholas; Germany: Christkind (an angelic messenger from Jesus); and Denmark, Norway and Sweden: a variety of Christmas gnomes.
NYC’s Empire State Building’s tower lights are only lit until midnight every night with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day, when they are illuminated until 3am.
The Canadian province Nova Scotia is the world leading exporter for lobster, wild blueberries and, last but not least, Christmas trees!
Christmas season technically begins at sundown on Christmas Eve, December 24th, and lasts through sundown on January 5th; hence the term 12 days of Christmas.
The first Christmas card was created in England on December 9, 1842.
For the first time in decades, on Christmas Day in 1989, Eastern Europe was allowed to celebrate Christmas freely and openly. Church masses were broadcasted for the first time in history.