Christmas is such a fascinating and beautiful time of the year. You get to celebrate this wonderful occasion by catching up with family and friends, and enjoy delicious food at the same time. This Christmas Season among all the party-hopping, take some time to share some of these Christmas-related trivia:
1.Italians began the tradition of giving a lump of coal to naughty children at Christmas.
2.The song “Jingle Bells” was known as “One Horse Open Sleigh”, and was originally meant for Thanksgiving.
3.A traditional English dinner for Christmas meant pig head with mustard.
4.The very first Christmas tree was 221 feet tall and was shown in Seattle, Washington in 1950.
5.Real silver was used to make tinsel, which dates back to 1610.
6.A candy maker in Indiana devised the concept of candy canes.
7.St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Grandfather Frost and Kris Kringle – these are some of Santa Claus’s other names.
8.Arizona, Indiana, and Georgia – all have towns named Santa Claus.
9.If you find a spider web on Christmas morning in Ukraine, it denotes good luck.
10.Christmas in Japan involves eating a lot of fried chicken.
11.Dyed goose feathers were used to create the first artificial Christmas tree by the Germans.
12.Purchases made during this time contribute to 1/6th of the sales in U.S.
13.Did you know that 3 billion greeting cards are exchanged just in America?
14.20,000 “rent-a-Santas” across the United States are there every year.
15.Early Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam introduced the custom of gifting children with presents.
16.The Statue of Liberty was gifted to the US by the French as a Christmas gift. – Most people know this but it’s so important!
17.The very first greeting cards were introduced by Hallmark in 1915. Another common knowledge but we gotta give glory to the iconic Hallmark!
18.The first president to install a Christmas tree in the White House was Franklin Pierce.
19.To pay homage to Adam and Eve, apples were used as Christmas decorations many years back.
20.Barnum’s Animal Crackers – the box was exclusively designed for placing on a Christmas tree.
21.When one Christmas tree is cut down, 2-3 are planted again.
22.Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus in winter promotion.
23.X means Christ in Greek, which is why Christmas is sometimes called X-Mas.
24.The famous Christmas Poinsettia plant originated in Mexico.
25.In Poland, spiders or spider webs are common Christmas trees decorations because according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. In fact, Polish people consider spiders to be symbols of goodness and prosperity at Christmas.
Hope you enjoyed these unknown and interesting facts about one of the most exciting holidays in the year! Merry Christmas & Happy 2015 from Chad Lariscy | The Mountain Life Team | Keller Williams Realty – 706-633-8186 – [email protected]