Fun Christmas Facts
A Christmas “Did you know”: Please be aware that I used the ever faithful tool, the internet, to collect some of these facts. I know it is hard for us to imagine, but it may be that some of these are not historically accurate. I thought you might enjoy some fun facts and you can decide if you believe them or not.
Did you know…
…that the tradition of Christmas lights dates to a time when Christians were persecuted for saying Mass. A single lit candle in the window signaled that Mass would be celebrated there that night. Our modern electric lights were first used in 1895
…according to the National Christmas Tree Association, Americans buy 37.1 million real Christmas trees each year. For every Christmas tree that is cut down, 2-3 saplings must be planted in its place.
…an average household in America will mail out 28 Christmas cards and receive 28 of their own.
…that Christmas trees are edible. In fact the needles are a rich source of Vitamin C.
…during the Christmas buying season, Visa cards alone are used 5,340 times each minute in the United States.
…that during World War II Christmas presents had to be mailed early in order for GIs to receive them in time. Merchants joined the effort to remind the public to shop and ship presents early and thus the protracted shopping season was born.
…in 1647 the English Parliament passed a law that made Christmas illegal. Festivities were banned by the Puritan leader, Oliver Cromwell, who considered feasting and revelry on a holy day to be immoral. The ban was lifted in 1660 when the Puritans passed from power.
…if you received every gift sung about in the “Twelve Days of Christmas” then you would receive 364 presents.
…that the abbreviation X-mas is not unreligious. The first letter in the Greek word for Christ is chi, which looks like our capital X. Xmas was originally an ecclesiastical abbreviation used in charts and tables.
…in 1752 there were 11 days dropped from the year when the switch was made from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian calendar. This is why some traditions still celebrate Christmas on January 7th, the original December 25th.