We all love lists! And special days. So here you are: a list for a special day!
- There is no evidence that Jesus was born in the 25th of December, as even the Bible doesn’t say so.
- Αbout 20,000 Rent-a-Santas are hired every year in the United States.
- The 16th-century German Christians were the first to introduce decorated trees into their homes.
- Christmas is one of the most unlikely days for a break up according to Facebook.
- Trafalgar Square’s Christmas Tree is a gift from Oslo every year since 1947, as an expression of gratitude for the United Kingdom’s help in World War II.
- “Xmas” derives from the greek letter “Chi” (=”Χ”), originally used to represent Christ.
- Mistletoe is literally meaning “dung twig”.
- Christmas traditions are not the same in every country. Finns often visit saunas on Christmas Eve, Portuguese hold a feast for the living and the dead, Greeks believe that goblins called kallikantzari run wild during the 12 days of Christmas, and most Greeks don’t exchange presents until Jan. 1, St. Basil’s Day (which is the Greek Santa Claus), Spanish host the world’s largest lottery and most Australians and New Zealanders enjoy Christmas on the beach or at barbecues.
- On the morning of December 25th, 1914, while the First World War was in progress, German soldiers walked to the Allied troops calling out “Merry Christmas” in English.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, popularly known as “Santa’s 9th Reindeer”, was an an advertising gimmick created from the copyrighter Robert May, for Montgomery Ward in 1939.
Sources: Wikipedia, TIME, list25