Twenty-five Strange Facts About the Holiday Season


Katie Beech, Managing Co-Editor

  1. Telling scary ghost stories is an old Christmas Eve tradition that has died out.
  2. A large part of Sweden’s population watches Donald Duck cartoons every Christmas Eve.
  3. In 1867, a Boston industrialist heard Charles Dickens read A Christmas Carol and was so moved he closed his factory on Christmas Day and gave all his employees a turkey.
  4. Japanese people traditionally eat at KFC® for Christmas dinner. It’s so popular, they must place their Christmas orders two months in advance.
  5. Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the U.S. annually.
  6. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” was originally a threat from lower-class servants demanding booze.
  7. In Poland, spiders or spider webs are common Christmas tree decorations.
  8. “Jingle Bells” was written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas.
  9. Christmas was not an official holiday in America until 1870.
  10. Santa did not always have a beard.
  11. Rudolph was almost named Reginald.
  12. The highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time is How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey.
  13. Santa has his own zip code, H0H 0H0.
  14. The best-selling Christmas song is Irving Benin’s “White Christmas.”
  15. ABC has been cutting scenes from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to make room for more commercials.
  16. According to tradition, you should eat one piece of pie on each 12 days of Christmas to bring you good luck.
  17. Sixteen is the average number of Christmas presents a UK child receives.
  18. On Christmas Eve in 2001, the Bethlehem Hotel had 208 of its 210 rooms free.
  19. The lead role in the film Elf was originally going to be given to Jim Carrey.
  20. The tallest snowman ever built was 113 feet tall in Maine.
  21. Nine-hundred fifty-seven is the typical number of calories in your average Christmas dinner.
  22. Christmas pudding was originally a soup made with raisins and wine.
  23. The amount of wasted Christmas food that is thrown away each year totals 507,063,203 pounds.
  24. The most expensively dressed Christmas tree was valued at $41,329,531.
  25. The amount of money spent on unwanted Christmas gifts equals approximately $942,557,000.00.

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