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25 Fun Facts about Christmas

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Published on Dec 16, 2011

What's your favourite thing about Christmas?

Source of Facts: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stor...

There are 25 more apparent facts there.

Here are the 25 Christmas facts written down...

1 US scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world's presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second.

2 DESPITE the tale of three wise men paying homage to baby Jesus, the Bible never gives a number. Matthew's Gospel refers to merely "wise men".

3 HANGING stockings out comes from the Dutch custom of leaving shoes packed with food for St Nicholas's donkeys. He would leave small gifts in return.

4 THERE is no reference to angels singing anywhere in the Bible.

5 THE word Noel derives from the French expression "les bonnes nouvelles" or "the good news".

6 JESUS was probably born in a cave and not a wooden stable, say Biblical scholars.

7 THE abbreviation Xmas isn't irreligious. The letter X is a Greek abbreviation for Christ.

8 THE world's tallest Xmas tree at 221ft high was erected in a Washington shopping mall in 1950.

9 MANY theologians estimate that Jesus wasn't born on December 25 but sometime in September between 6BC and 30AD.

10 JAMES Pierpont's 1857 song Jingle Bells was first called One Horse Open Sleigh and was written for Thanksgiving.

11 BEFORE turkey, the traditional Christmas meal in England was a pig's head and mustard.

12 THE Greeks celebrate Christmas on January 7 (yeah I got it wrong in the vid), according to the old Julian calendar, while Xmas presents are opened on New Year's Day.

13 MANY parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of Vitamin C.

14 THE holly in a wreath symbolises Christ's crown of thorns while the red berries are drops of his blood.

15 THE largest Christmas cracker - 45.72m long and 3.04m in diameter - was pulled in Australia in 1991.

16 ASTRONOMERS believe the Star Of Bethlehem, which guided the wisemen to Jesus, may have been a comet or the planet Uranus.

17 SANTA has different names around the world - Kriss Kringle in Germany, Le Befana in Italy, Pere Noel in France and Deushka Moroz (Grandfather Frost) in Russia

18 BOXING Day gets its name from all the money collected in church alms-boxes for the poor.

19 KISSING under the mistletoe is thought to spring from Frigga, the Norse goddess of love, who was associated with the plant.

20 ELECTRIC tree lights were invented by Edward Johnson in the US in 1882.

21 THERE are 13 Santas in Iceland, each leaving a gift for children. They come down from the mountain one by one, starting on December 12 and have names like Spoon Licker, Door Sniffer and Meat Hook.

22 RUDOLPH the red-nosed reindeer was invented for a US firm's Christmas promotion in 1938.

23 GOLD-wrapped chocolate coins commemorate St Nicholas who gave bags of gold coins to the poor.

24 CAROLS began as an old English custom called wassailing, toasting neighbours to a long life.

25 IN Greece, Italy, Spain and Germany, workers get a Christmas bonus of one month's salary by law.

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