07 Jan Weird Christmas facts
- In Greek, ‘X’ stands for Christ. This is where the word ‘Xmas’ originates.
- Apples were the first known Christmas tree decorations, until they were replaced by candles after Martin Luther (1483-1546) watched stars shining between the branches of a fir tree.
- Christmas was first celebrated in Britain in 521 in York.
- An average Christmas tree takes 15 years to grow.
- In 1647, Christmas was made illegal by the English Parliament. The Puritan leader Oliver Cromwell, who considered feasting on a holy day to be immoral, banned the Christmas festivities. The ban was lifted only when Cromwell lost power in 1660.
- During the Christmas buying season, Visa cards are swiped an average of 5340 times every minute in the United States.
- According to a study, two weeks before Christmas is the most popular time for couples to break up
- Harper Lee’s friend gave her a year’s wages for Christmas, on condition that she give up work and write. She wrote To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzen, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are probably female.
10. The Christmas meal in England used to be a pig’s head and mustard – lovely!
11. The price index for the gifts in the ’12 Days of Christmas’ went from $12,673 in 1984 to more than $24,000 for 2011.
12. Artificial Christmas trees used to be made from the same bristles as toilet brushes.