Day 10 – Christmas Facts

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Here are some fun Christmas facts that you may not have known…

  • Construction workers started the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition in 1931.
  • Until fairly recently, all Christmas trees came from the forest.
  • Bake your bread on Christmas Eve and it will remain fresh forever. If only. There is an old wives’ tale that actually suggests that bread baked on Christmas Eve is mould resistant. While it cannot be known now how many people believed this, it’s pretty obvious that any believers would be converted after the appearance of mould on their bread beyond 5 days or so.
  • Christmas wasn’t a holiday in early America—in fact Congress was in session on December 25, 1789, the country’s first Christmas under the new constitution.
  • Christmas trees remove dust and pollen from the air.
  • There is a special act in Britain that actually makes it mandatory to go to church on Christmas day. The act that is deemed the Holy Days and Fasting Act still exists, however, not so much enforced. Additionally no vehicle of any kind is to be used to get to the Christmas service.
  • In the Middle Ages, Christmas celebrations were rowdy and raucous—a lot like today’s Mardi Gras parties.
  • Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States on June 26, 1870.
  • In the United States, there are more than 12,000 cut-your-own farms.
  • 26 December was traditionally known as St Stephen’s Day, but is more commonly known as Boxing Day. This expression came about because money was collected in alms-boxes placed in churches during the festive season. This money was then distributed during to the poor and needy after Christmas.
  • The first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531.
  • St Francis of Assisi introduced Christmas Carols to formal church services.
  • The Puritans in America tried to make Thanksgiving Day the most important annual festival instead of Christmas.
  • The Salvation Army has been sending Santa Claus-clad donation collectors into the streets since the 1890s.
  • Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states including Hawaiiand Alaska.
  • Kris Kringle really lives in the North Pole. But guess what he foregoes the reindeer and drives a 1984 Ford Tempo, additionally; he delivers Pizza instead of working in a magical toy shop.
  • Rudolph, “the most famous reindeer of all,” was the product of Robert L. May’s imagination in 1939. The copywriter wrote a poem about the reindeer to help lure customers into the Montgomery Ward department store.
  • Christmas trees take an average of 7-10 years to mature.
  • From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was outlawed in Boston, and law-breakers were fined five shillings.
  • In the United States, there are around a half billion Real Christmas Trees growing on U.S. farms.
  • The first eggnog made in the United States was consumed in Captain John Smith’s 1607Jamestown settlement.
  • 98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms.
  • Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850.
  • Witches and Evil spirits are the greatest broom thieves. The Norwegians once believed that witches and devious spirits were likely to steal their brooms on Christmas Eve. Who knows maybe a mischievous prankster stole a few brooms during that period and the legend stuck.

Do you know of any other fun Christmas facts?

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