DID YOU KNOW... In 1918 and for the past 40 years, the Canadian province of Nova Scotia has sent the city of Boston a giant Christmas tree as a thank you for their support after the 1917 Halifax explosion.
Hey and welcome to a special Christmas Countdown show, featuring 20 strange & interesting facts about Christmas that you may not have known! Let's get right to it, as I'm sure you're as busy as I am this time of year, and don't have all day to waste watching YouTube videos.. oh wait you do? Well, let's get this out of the way so you can go back to watching some actual QUALITY programming!
1 - 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
2 - An artificial Christmas tree would have to be reused for more than 20 years to be “greener” than buying a fresh-cut tree annually
3 - 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.
4 - The Nazi party tried to turn Christmas into a nonreligious holiday celebrating the coming of Hitler, with Saint Nicholas replaced by Odin the “Solstice Man” and swastikas on top of Christmas trees.
5 - The US playing card company ‘Bicycle’ had manufactured a playing card in WW2. That, when the card was soaked, it would reveal an escape route for POWs. These cards were Christmas presents for all POWs in Germany. The Nazis were none the wiser
6 - Nearly all of the most popular Christmas songs including ‘Winter Wonderland’, ‘Chestnuts roasting…’, and ‘I’m Dreaming of a white Christmas’ were written by Jews
7 - In 1918 and for the past 40 years, the Canadian province of Nova Scotia has sent the city of Boston a giant Christmas tree as a thank you for their support after the 1917 Halifax explosion
8 - About half of Sweden’s population watches Donald Duck cartoons every Christmas Eve since 1960
9 - Mormon missionaries can only call home twice a year: once on Mother’s Day and again on Christmas.
10 - A village in Peru settles their grudges by fist fighting on the Christmas day, then go drinking and start the New Year off on a clean slate.
11 - Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December because of the Roman sun god and not the birth of Jesus
12 - Engineers designing the Voyager Space mission planned it to avoid planetary encounters over Thanksgiving and Christmas
13 - Paul McCartney earns $400,000 a year off his Christmas song, which is widely regarded as the worst song he ever recorded.
14 - Mistletoe kissing originated with fertility rites. The hanging sprig is a very ancient symbol of virility and therefore anybody standing beneath it is signaling that he or she is sexually available.
15 - Santa Claus originated in a newspaper ad. Far from being a quaint medieval legend, Santa Claus first appeared as a recognizable character in a newspaper ad for toys and "gift books" in the mid 19th century.
16 - The Christmas Tree is a manufactured tradition. Victorian intellects invented the tradition as part of a social movement to consciously reform Christmas away from its tradition of raucous drinking.
17 - Christmas as a "day off" is a recent innovation. As late as 1850, December 25 was not a legal holiday in many places, so stores were open, business were open, and children were expected to attend school.
18 - The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.
19 - According to data analyzed from Facebook posts, two weeks before Christmas is one of the two most popular times for couples to break up. However, Christmas Day is the least favorite day for breakups.
20 - NORAD's "Santa Tracker" started from an error in a newspaper ad. Back in 1955, a Sears ad printed the phone number of a Colorado Springs store so children could tell Santa Claus what they wanted for Christmas. The number was a misprint and instead sent children to the hotline for Colonel Harry Shoup, Director of Operations for the US Continental Air Defense. The calls poured in and instead of blocking the number, the kindly Colonel ordered his staff to give children updates on Santa's flight coordinates.
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