By the end of 2022, preparations for the celebration of the New Year have begun in many parts of the world. Before the New Year, however, there is another holiday that the Western world looks forward to: Christmas. Although many people confuse Christmas with the start of a new year, this holiday is celebrated in many parts of the world on December 25th as the birthday of Jesus. However, it is also very important to popular culture today. In the last days of December, many cities around the world are decorated with illuminated Christmas trees, various decorations and New Year’s themes. Christmas, an ancient tradition thousands of years old, allows very colorful and entertaining images to appear all over the world. On the other hand, the history of Christmas is full of interesting things. Here are 27 amazing facts about Christmas that you probably haven’t heard of yet…
1. According to one calculation, Santa must move at a speed of 7,919,904 kilometers per hour to deliver gifts to every home in the world!
2. Any celebration of Christmas was forbidden in England between 1647 and 1660.
3. The world’s first “Christmas card” was made in England in 1843 by a man named Henry Cole.
4. Electric garlands, one of the symbols of modern holidays, were invented in 1882 by American inventor Edward H. Johnson.
5. The first celebrations in history are believed to have taken place in York, England, in 521 BC.
6. The famous song “Jingle Bells” was originally written for Thanksgiving.
7. An indispensable dish of the evenings of December 25 is a turkey.
But many years ago pork was mostly eaten on Christmas Eve.
8. Santa’s outfit wasn’t red before.
This character, inspired by a historical figure, was mainly represented in blue, green and white clothes in the past. However, after several publicity campaigns in the 1930s, he became a character in red.
9. Flying reindeer first appeared in 1819.
10. The first artificial Christmas tree was made in Germany.
11. An average of 3 billion Christmas cards are sold annually in the US.
12. Lego is one of the most common Christmas gifts.
Every year, 25 Lego sets are sold every second before the celebration.
13. The first ever Christmas-themed postage stamp was issued in the US in 1962.
14. Saint Nicholas, who inspired Santa Claus, is considered a tough and disciplined man with a stick in his hand.
15. First officially recognized in the US in 1836.
Alabama was the first state to officially recognize Christmas. Finally, in 1970, it became official in Oklahoma.
16. One of the most popular decorations for celebrations in Poland is the web.
What makes spider webs a popular decoration is the belief that Jesus had a blanket woven by spiders.
17. The record for the fastest Christmas tree decoration was broken in the UK in 2013.
It took a woman named Sharon Huangtua just 36.89 seconds to decorate the Christmas tree.
18. Adolf Hitler tried to turn Christmas from a religious holiday into a tradition that celebrates his name.
19. The most expensive Christmas tree in history was put up in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The Christmas tree, decorated in 2010 and displayed at the Emirates Palace, was worth more than $8 million. Among the decorations of the tree were 181 gems.
20. In Canada, you can send a letter to Santa Claus.
However, you must send your letter by December 20th. Santa’s mailing address: Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada.
21. The highest-grossing Christmas movie to date is The Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey.
22. In Sweden, before Christmas, cartoons about Donald Duck are often watched.
23. It is believed that the tradition of decorating a Christmas tree at Christmas originated in Latvia in 1510.
24. Until the 20th century, trees were lit by candles!
25. Since 1991, artificial holiday trees have been more popular around the world than real ones.
26. The famous reindeer Rudolph was created in the 1930s.
Created by American children’s book writer Robert L. May as “Red-nosed Rudolph”, the character was not very popular before becoming the most famous reindeer in history. Because a red nose was often associated with drunk people.
27. White Christmas is the best-selling Christmas song of all time.
Written by Irving Berlin in 1942, the song performed by Bing Crosby has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and has become one of the most popular songs in history.
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