Tis the season to give the gift of knowledge. Everyone loves Christmas, but how much does any one of us really know about Christmas? Here are 15 quick fun facts about Christmas, we are betting you (probably) didn’t know. Get ready to get your Christmas PHD!
1. All of the letters addressed to Santa from the United States end up in Santa Claus, Indiana.
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
3. A large part of Sweden's population will be watching Donald Duck cartoons this Christmas Eve, it has been a tradition since 1960
4. You don't have to be Nearly all of the most popular Christmas songs including ‘Winter Wonderland’, ‘Chestnuts roasting…’, and ‘I’m Dreaming of a white Christmas’ were written by Jewish people
5. We frequently abbreviate Christmas as X-mas because of ancient tradition. X is the Greek letter “chi” which is an abbreviation for the word “Christ” in Greek
6. Japanese people traditionally eat at KFC for Christmas dinner, thanks to a successful marketing campaign 40 years ago. KFC is so popular that customers must place their Christmas orders 2 months in advance.
7. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, whom Christians believe is the son of god on December 25. But there is no mention of December 25 in the Bible and most historians actually believe he was born in the spring.
8. Santa Claus comes from St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop living in (what is now) Turkey in the fourth century AD. St. Nicholas had inherited a great deal of wealth and was known for giving it away to help the needy. When sainted, he became the protector of children.
9. Leaving carrots for Santa Claus’ reindeer is believed to be a tradition, in Norse mythology, people left hay and treats for Odin’s eight-legged horse Sleipnir “in hopes the god would stop by their home during his Yule hunting adventures.” Dutch children adopted this tradition too, and would treats for St. Nick’s horse
10. Rudolph was actually conceived by a department store, Montgomery Ward, as a marketing gimmick to get kids to buy holiday coloring books.
11. “Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978.
12. “Jingle Bells” was originally supposed to be a Thanksgiving song.
13. And the highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The Jim Carrey version. We love Jim!
14. Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.
15. During the Christmas season, nearly 28 sets of LEGO are sold every second.