12 Facts of Christmas

Caroline Groesbeck

The holiday season brings joy and the spirit of giving throughout the school. Regardless if it’s because of the season or for the prospect of holiday break, the holiday cheer can be felt throughout the halls. However,  there’s a lot that isn’t known about the reason behind break. Here are some fun facts according to “52 Festive Facts about Christmas” and “50 Festive Facts (You Probably Didn’t Know About Christmas)”.

  1. All the gifts in the “Twelve Days of Christmas” would amount to 364 gifts.
  2. Each year, more than three billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.
  3. Most of Santa’s reindeer have male sounding names such as Dasher, and Comet. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, therefore the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are most likely female.
  4. According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree cut was a 221-foot tall Douglas fir and was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.
  5. Christmas trees have been sold in the U.S. since 1850.
  6. The world’s largest Christmas stocking measured 106 feet and 9 inches long and 49 feet and 1 inch wide. It weighed as much as five reindeer and held almost 1,000 presents. It was made by the Children’s Society in London on December 14, 2007.
  7. Spiders or spider webs are a common Christmas tree decorations in Poland where, according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for baby Jesus.
  8. Early illustrations of St. Nicholas show him as stern, commanding, and holding a birch rod. He was more a symbol of discipline and punishment rather than what children know today.
  9. The Viking god Odin is a precursor to the present day Santa Claus.  In the winter, Odin gave out both gifts and punishments, and children would fill their boots or stockings with treats for Sleipnir, his eight-legged horse.
  10. Black Friday actually isn’t the busiest shopping day of the year. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the busiest shopping days.
  11. It is estimated that the single “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin is the best selling Christmas single of all time, with over 100 million sales worldwide.
  12. There are approximately 21,000 Christmas tree farms in the United States. In 2008, nearly 45 million Christmas trees were planted, adding to the 400 million existing trees.

 

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