Facts about Christmas

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  1. Christmas is the second most important Christian holiday after Easter.
  2. Christmas is celebrated as the birthday of Jesus Christ but there are no records as 25th December is the birthday of Jesus.
  3. 25th December was chosen because it coincides with pagan festival Saturnalia.
  4. Christmas was first celebrated in 336.
  5. The first artificial Christmas tree was made in the 19th century in Germany.
  6. In Boston, from 1659 to 1681 it was prohibited to celebrate Christmas.
  7. Firstly, Santa Claus was the short name given to the Christian Bishop of Turkey, St. Nicholas. He was wealthy and used to help the needy people and also became the protector of children.
  8. Christmas is sometimes written as Xmas; X in Greek abbreviates for Christ.
  9. In mid-17th century Christmas trees were decorated with candles.
  10. Christmas trees were also decorated with candies, small gifts, cake, nuts, and fruits.
  11. The tallest artificial Christmas tree is in Sri Lanka, it is 72.1 m.
  12. The tallest real Christmas tree was 67.36 meters and was in Seattle, Washington.
  13. The first artificial Christmas trees were made by Germans.
  14. Christmas pudding is the main dish of Christmas.
  15. The highest-grossing Christmas movie is Jim Carrey ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’.
  16. in Canada, there is official address of Santa Claus- North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada.
  17. Approximately 350 million Christmas trees growing in the U.S. farms.
  18. Before selling Christmas tree it is grown for 7-10 years.
  19. Since 1850 Christmas trees were sold in the US.
  20. Until June 26, 1870, Christmas was not the official holiday in the US.
  21. Franklin Pierce was the first US president to put Christmas tree in White House.
  22. The tradition of Christmas cards is originated in England.
  23. The most expensive Christmas card was sold in the auction for £20,000 in the UK.
  24. Santa Claus is known by different names around the world- in Russia Deushka Moroz, in Germany Kriss Kringle, etc.
  25. Since 1960, half of the population Sweden still watch Donald Duck cartoon.
  26. Jingles Bells was originally written for Thanksgiving, not for Christmas.
  27. Red and white colored dress Santa Claus was first used by Coca-Cola for promotions.
  28. People of Iceland celebrate Christmas Eve by exchanging books and spending rest of the night reading it and eating chocolates.
  29. Japanese go to KFC for dinner on Christmas.
  30. 230,000 tons of Christmas food is wasted every year.
  31. 10 million turkeys are cooked on Christmas in the UK.
  32. Burning Yule logs on Christmas is a symbol of luck, health and fertility, and also a guard against evil spirits.
  33. Evergreen trees are a symbol of rebirth from the time of paganism.
  34. In 2012, 30,000 people participated in Secret Santa organized by Reddit.
  35. At the Christmas in Finland, it is customary to go to the sauna.
  36. 8 million Apple and Android device are bought on the Christmas.
  37. French gifted Statue of Liberty to the US on Christmas.
  38. In honor of Christmas in Spain, the largest lottery is held annually.
  39. In Germany and England, the main dish of the Christmas table is a roast goose or duck.
  40. On the eve of the Christmas, Lithuanian Catholics eat only lean food.
  41. In Russia, Christmas celebration started in the 20th century.
  42. The first song for Christmas was written in the 4th century AD.
  43. In 2010, a Facebook study showed that 2 weeks before the Christmas is the time when most of the breakups happen.
  44. The European live Christmas tree demand reaches about 50 million every year.
  45. Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Washington are the most Christmas tree producing states.
  46. The tradition of filling stockings with gifts on a holiday came from the story of three poor sisters. The legend says that one day St Nicholas made his way to them through the chimney and left gold coins in stockings.
  47. The first Christmas cracker was invented in 1847 by sweets vendor Tom Smith.
  48. Charles Dicken wrote Christmas Carols in just six weeks.
  49. Every year 1.6 billion Christmas Cards are purchased by Americans.
  50. The first Christmas card was created by the Englishman Henry Cole in 1843.
  51. In 1810, in the US, the public first saw Santa Claus.
  52. The first case of the gift was noted in ancient Rome, where on the celebration of Saturnalia, children were given gifts.
  53. Orthodox Christian celebrate Christmas on January 7.
  54. Traditional colors for decorating a Christmas tree are green, red and gold.
  55. the first street Christmas trees with electric garlands appeared in Finland in 1906.
  56. In Poland, spiders or spiderwebs are the usual decoration of the Christmas tree, because according to legend, the spider wove a blanket for Jesus when he was an infant.
  57. The British wear paper crowns for the Christmas dinner. Crowns are stored in a special tube, which is called “Christmas cracker”.
  58. On Christmas Eve in 1914, warring parties on the Western Front of the First World War stopped shooting and sang carols, and the next day German and British soldiers even exchanged handshakes and gifts.
  59. In the Netherlands, on Christmas night, children put a shoe to the fireplace for gifts and put a carrot for a magic horse.
  60. The Alexandrian theologians proposed to celebrate Christmas on May 26 in 200 BC.

 

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