Christmas fun facts

Each year we begin our Christmas with traditions that we grew up with.  We feast on great food, enjoy the company of friends & family and hopefully a little time off work too!  There are however some pretty crazy things you may not know about Christmas, we went on a search to see what we could find behind the conventional Christmas stories we know! Hope you enjoy some of the funny, crazy and really wacky things we found out!

  • A traditional Christmas dinner in England used to be a pig’s head prepared with a mustard sauce.  I’m pretty sure most of our English friends are happy this is not the case anymore!
  • Norwegians hide their brooms on Christmas Eve as old legend has it that witches & evil spirits would steal brooms on Christmas Eve!
  • “Bah Humbug” was not Dickens first choice of lines for the famous catchphrase. Originally, it was going to be “Bah Christmas” but he felt it didn’t sound right – good thing he reworked it! He also though Little Larry, Puny Pete & Small Sam were choices before settling on Tiny Tim
  • Parts of the Evergreen tree is actually edible…quoted as being a good source of vitamin C. Pass the Evergreen anyone?
  • There’s an old wives tale that suggests if you bake bread on Christmas Eve, it will be mould resistant, good thing we know that’s not quite true!
  • It has been confirmed that at least 3000 tons of foil is used to wrap turkeys annually!
  • Rumour has it that while out Christmas shopping, you will be elbowed at least 3 times – Yikes! Hopefully we can share a few smiles instead along the way!
  • The average American sends out 28 Christmas cards to friends & family AND they also receive 28 cards!
  • If you’re not online shopping, you’ll walk an average of 5 miles between parking lots & stores!
  • Spoiled leftovers are responsible for 400,000 cases of post Christmas associated illness – be careful!
  • If you counted all the gifts that were given in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” you would receive 364 gifts in total
  • Christmas was illegal in England from 1647 – 1660
  • Christmas was once a moveable feast celebrated at many different times of the year. In the 4th century A.D. Pope Julius I chose Dec. 25th to coincide with the Winter Solstice pagan ritual celebrations
  • “White Christmas” was the first movie to be made in Vista Vision
  • According to a survey done in 1995, 7 out of 10 British dog owners give their dogs a Christmas present. Fido has a stocking in our house!
  • An artificial spider & web are included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees. A spider web found on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck!
  • For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2-3 seedlings are planted in its place
  • In parts of France, roasted goose & oysters are part of the Christmas dinner
  • Greek legend has it that Kallikantzaroi plays pranks at Christmas. To get rid of them one must burn a shoe, salt or hang a pig’s jawbone by the door!
  • While children in North America hang stockings, Dutch tradition is that you set out shoes to receive gifts.
  • Dec. 5 is St. Nicholas Day in Belgium.  This is when children receive their gifts, not Christmas day. Children put out their shiniest shoes & the largest, deepest plate they can find for St. Nicholas to leave treats & presents for them
  • In Syria, Christmas gifts are distributed by one of the Wise Men’s camels
  • Gifts are not always delivered by Santa in some countries. La Befana in Italy, The Three Kings in Spain, Puerto Rico & Mexico, St. Nicholas in Holland & Belgium, Father Christmas in England & Christkindl in Switzerland & Austria
  • Super Bowl ranks third behind Christmas & Thanksgiving for the largest occasion in the U.S. to consume food
  • 269 wreaths hang in the White House
  • Dec. 19th is the busiest mailing day while Dec. 21st is the busiest delivery day
  • Approx 87% donate to charity during the Christmas season

However you celebrate the holidays, we wish you a great season! For more fun traditions be sure to check out our website