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14 Festive Facts about Christmas

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14 Festive Facts about Christmas
  1. The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.
  2. Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.
  3. All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.
  4. According to data analysed from Facebook posts, two weeks before Christmas is one of the two most popular times for couples to break up. However, Christmas Day is the least favourite day for breakups.
  5. Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzen, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely not male, but female or castrated.
  6. The world’s largest Christmas stocking measured 106 feet and 9 inches (32.56 m) long and 49 feet and 1 inch (14.97 m) 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. Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.
  8. Mistletoe (Viscum album) is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads though bird droppings.
  9. President Teddy Roosevelt, an environmentalist, banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1901.
  10. It is estimated that the single “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin is the best selling single of all time, with over 100 million sales worldwide.
  11. The earliest known Christmas tree decorations were apples. At Christmastime, medieval actors would use apples to decorate paradise trees (usually fir trees) during “Paradise Plays,” which were plays depicting Adam and Eve’s creation and fall.[4]
  12. Commissioned by Sir Henry Cole (1808-1883), British illustrator John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903) invented the first Christmas card in 1843.
  13. Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the U.S.
  14. During the Christmas season, nearly 28 sets of LEGO are sold every second.

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