house 3Christmas is one of the most joyous times of the year. Whether your family enjoys hanging stockings on a mantel, decorating your tree or setting cookies out for Santa, there is no doubt that your Christmas traditions include being together with loved ones. However, not many people know some of the more bizarre and interesting facts about Christmas. Here are some of the fascinating facts about Christmas that I bet you didn’t know:

  1. In Peru, there is a small village where people settle the previous year’s grudges by fist fighting. They then start the New Year off with a clean slate.1
  2. It is estimated that the song “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin is the best-selling single in history, with over 100 million copies sold.1
  3. The largest gingerbread house on record was erected in 2013 at traditions Golf Club in Byran, Texas. It was so massive it required a building permit, spanned over 40,000 cubic feet, and was constructed of 4,000 gingerbread bricks. That involved a ton (almost literally) of butter!2
  4. When Santa visits Finland, he ditches his sleigh and rides on a goat named Ukko. Finnish folklore states that Ukko is made of straw, but is surprisingly strong enough to carry Santa Claus anyway.4
  5. “Mummers” in Newfoundland dress up in disguises on Christmas and go from house to house dancing and playing music while the hosts try to identify them.1
  6. Though Santa Claus has worn blue, white, and green in the past, his traditional red suit came from a 1930s ad by Coca Cola.1
  7. The highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The Jim Carrey version. Who knew? 5
  8. Rudolph was almost named Rollo or Reginald. Reginald the Red-Nosed Reindeer doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.5
  9. According to this year’s PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index, a complete set of gifts in each verse of the popular 12 Days of Christmas song would cost you a total of $27,673.22. 6
  1. Kris Kringle really lives in the North Pole. However, he foregoes the reindeer and drives a 1984 Ford Tempo. This Kris actually delivers pizza, instead of working in a magical toy shop.3
  2. Pig head. It’s what’s for dinner. The traditional Christmas dinner in England used to be a pig head prepared with a mustard sauce. Most English folk are quite pleased that the traditional English Christmas dinner now includes roast turkey or goose, Brussel sprouts, roast potatoes, cranberry sauce, pigs in a blanket, and gravy.3

 

It is recorded that nearly 2 billion people worldwide observe the holiday and there’s no doubt it can be celebrated in many different ways. Regardless of which traditions you and your family incorporate into your Christmas celebration, I hope you enjoy this Christmas season and have a wonderful New Year! 068i0000001LLe7

 

 

Sources:

  1. http://list25.com/25-bizarre-interesting-facts-christmas/
  2. http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/22/18/why-string-popcorn-and-other-fun-christmas-food-facts/
  3. http://www.christmasfacts.net/funny-christmas-facts

4.  http://www.funology.com/facts-about-christmas/

5.  http://www.etonline.com/news/155454_31_facts_you_didn_t_know_about_christmas/

 

 

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