There’s no denying that Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. The holiday season is full of joy, laughter, giving, love and family—and of course, it also involves lots of shopping, parties and eating. We’ve rounded up 20 Amazing Christmas Facts. Read on to learn more!
Every year we enjoy celebrating Christmas. There are lots of Christmas facts that people would like to know about, but often they’re afraid to ask. So let’s be brave and open up our minds to Christmas facts.
These are Amazing Christmas Facts
- The tallest Christmas tree ever displayed was in Seattle, Washington. It measured 212 ft. tall.
- Jingle Bells was originally a song about Thanksgiving in 1857. It was also the first song ever played in space by astronauts Walter Schirra Jr. and Thomas P. Stafford.
- When the Candy Cane was invented in Germany, they made it into a J for Jesus. The red stripes symbolize his blood.
- It is a tradition in Japan to eat KFC for Christmas. We must place orders two months in advance.
- 1 in 3 men wait until Christmas Eve to do their shopping.
- Christmas came from the words Cristes Maesse, meaning “mass of Christ.”
- Christmas trees usually grow for they can sell close to 15 years before they.
- Christmas used to be illegal. Oklahoma was the last U.S. state to declare Christmas a legal Holiday in 1907.
- Christmas is not Christ’s birthday, as many believe. According to the bible, Christ was actually not even born in the winter.
- Bing Crosby’s version of “White Christmas” is the highest-selling single of all time.
- It only took six weeks for Charles Dickens to write “A Christmas Carol.”
- Americans purchase 1.6 billion Christmas cards every year.
- December 25th was likely chosen because it coincides with the pagan festival Saturnalia, where there was partying, gambling and gift giving.
- The word “Merry” in Merry Christmas was not always accepted because being merry used to signify slight intoxication.
- The first Christmas celebrated in American Land was in 1539 in Tallahassee, Florida. There were no trees or presents, just a religious mass.
- From performers to maintenance workers, approximately 220 people are hired for the Disneyland Christmas Parade.
- The top six Christmas tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Washington and Wisconsin.
- The abbreviation X in X-Mas is not an abbreviation. It actually stands for “Chi”, meaning Christ in Greek.
- The reason we give presents during Christmas is to symbolize the gifts given to Jesus by the three wise men.
- The Ancient Greeks considered the mistletoe and aphrodisiac, which is probably why kissing under the mistletoe will bring you luck in your love life.