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Christmas Fun Facts!

Feliz Navidad! I hope everyone is having a fabulous Christmas. To celebrate the season I've compiled a list of fun facts that are related to Christmas. These useless tidbits are great conversation starters. For example, when you are put on the spot by your nosy old aunt, you can mention that if she received all of the presents in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" she would receive exactly 364 gifts.

For more interesting facts about Christmas,


  • Holly berries are poisonous.
  • Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol" in just six weeks.
  • Coca-cola was the first beverage company to use Santa as part of their winter promotion. The character that we know as Santa was the one they used on their Coke cans.
  • Swan, goose, and peacock were all once consumed at lavish Christmas meals.
  • Over 1.76 billion candy canes are produced during Christmas.
  • Christmas was banned in Boston in the late 1600s because the Pilgrims believed it was too decadent. Anyone spreading Christmas cheer was fined.
  • The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was originally written as a sales gimmick by the Montgomery Ward Company in 1939.
  • Gingerbread houses came into popularity after the Brothers Grimm wrote the story of Hansel & Gretel.
  • Candy canes were originally given to children during mass. The treat was rewarded to kids who behaved while in church.

Got a fun fact about Christmas? Please share with me below!


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Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Never thought about eating swan or peacock. Very interesting facts.
BabyQueen BabyQueen 9 years
Christmas banned!! =O thanx for the fun facts =)
wiciltd wiciltd 9 years
oooh the joys of marketing! and peoples belief in what everyone else tells them is right without questioning it
A lot of Christian traditions are rooted in Paganism, but don't burst their bubble. Haha, what if Coca Cola had copy righted their orignal version of Santa?
wiciltd wiciltd 9 years
It all started as Yule until the Christians absorbed other peoples holidays and made them their own and forced people to convert.. So a lot of the Christmas traditions have absolutely no roots in Christianity aside from baby jesus who...was born in the spring time i do believe Holly..Candles.. Christmas trees are from all kinds of faiths I am mostly just familiar w/ paganism
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Good thing we here in Boston got Christmas back!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
The tradition of Christmas lights dates back to when Christians were persecuted for saying Mass. A simple candle in the window meant that Mass would be celebrated there that night. The Romans started using holly in winter - they gave it to each other as a seasonal gift.
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