20 Unknown Facts About Christmas

Christmas is getting close so let’s get into the spirit! Here’s twenty interesting facts about Christmas that you probably never knew!

1. Santa Claus’s look wasn’t created by Coca Cola. His actual image was shaped long before Coca-Cola came around. The only reason why we think it was created by Coca-Cola is because he is ties to Coca-Cola. But his image was even mentioned and shown in magazines long time before Coca-Cola.

2. Santa Claus didn’t always have a beard. In the 17th century, Dutch settlers thought of him as a jolly tall slender clean shaven man.

3. The NORAD Santa tracker began by complete accident. This was because the wrong number was posted in an ad for kids to call in to Santa and tell them what they wanted to Xmas. Maybe it was some weird form of market research. The number in fact belonged to colonel Harry Shoup who was the director of operations for the US continental air defense.  Instead of blocking the numbers, the colonel got his staff to give the kids updates on his movements.

4. We always wonder how fast Santa Claus travels. According to scientists, he doesn’t travel at the speed of light. He would only need 99.999999 percent at the speed of light to visit 800 million homes.

5. Santa Claus does have a postal code. of course its H0H 0H0.

6. Forbes listed Santa as the world’s richest fictional character to ever exist.

7. We all know those 8 reindeer. Well, besides Rudolph, Donner and Blitzen weren’t part of the original team.

8. Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was created for a book in 1967 by an author known as Montgomery Ward.

9. Jesus Christ wasn’t born on December 25. It wasn’t until the 4th century that the church decided you know what December 25th seems like a good time. This is because Jesus’s birthday was not stated in the Bible.

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10. The X in Christmas doesn’t wipe out Christ. Christians have been using that spelling since the 1100s.

11. Washington Irving, the man who wrote the Sleepy Hollow created our modern image of Santa Claus. His fictional series called Brace
Bridge Hall described Santa as a large man in a red suit smoking his pipe. Clement Clarke, the guy who wrote A Visit from St. Nick was inspired by this depiction.

12. In 1659 Massachusetts American Puritans banned Christmas making it illegal.  If you celebrated it you were punished 5 shillings.

13. Jingle bells was actually written for Thanksgiving. Written in 1850’s by James Lord Pierpont, he wrote it for his Boston Sunday school class. And the sleigh ride is about the Medford sleigh rides which happened around Thanksgiving.

14. The man who wrote ‘O Holy Night’ was Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure. He wrote in the year 1847 and it’s interesting to note he was of the Jewish faith.

15. The reason we have mistletoe is used for kissing is because at one point it was believed to be an aphrodisiac!

16. If you tried to buy the gifts from the 12 days of Christmas, it would cost you over 24,000 dollars. Might as well buy a car!

17. One of the first artificial Christmas trees that were sold commercials was made form toilet brushes.

18. At one point candy canes used to be just plain white. There are a couple theories why its shaped like a J. Maybe it’s for Jesus? And the three stripes – that’s supposed to be
the holy trinity. Lastly, the red is for the blood  of Christ.

19.In Iceland there are 13 Santa Clauses and one kidnaps kids!

20. Christmas wasn’t an an official holiday in America till 1870. It became a federal holiday on June 26, 1870.

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