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14 Astonishing Facts About Christmas

14 Astonishing Facts About Christmas

Christmas is a festival of winter celebrated around the world in different ways. Snow brings the charm of Christmas. Especially for kids, it is one of their favourite festival, after all they receive gifts from Santa. However, there is much more to know about Christmas eve.

Today, at FactWish, we’ll be uncovering some of the most astonishing facts about the grand festival of winter season.

1. Christmas day is celebrated on December 25th, chosen by the Roman Catholic Church as birth date of Jesus Christ after his death. The actual date of birth is still not known.

Christmas day is celebrated on December 25th

2. Another name of Christmas is Xmas. It has been derived from X, which means Christ in Greek.

Another name of Christmas is Xmas

3. The tradition of celebrating Christmas using Christmas Tree hails from Germany. Christmas tree were first used in Germany in 1610.

The tradition of celebrating Christmas using Christmas Tree hails from Germany

4. Santa Claus was first appeared in an advertisement of toys and gifts in a newspaper in 19th century before getting into light.

Santa Claus was first appeared in an advertisement of toys

5. On an average, every child in United Kingdom receives nearly 16 gifts on Christmas.

On an average, every child in United Kingdom receives nearly 16 gifts on Christmas

6. Christmas is declared as “White Christmas” if snowfall occurs within 24 hours of Christmas day in London.

Christmas is declared as "White Christmas" if snowfall occurs within 24 hours of Christmas day in London

7. Initially, Santa Clause wore clothes in green, purple and blue. Later on Coca Cola recoloured Santa’s clothes to red to match their brand.

Initially, Santa Clause wore clothes in green, purple and blue

8. Holidays of Christmas are considered for 12 days because it took 12 days for the three kings to travel to the birth place of baby Christ.

Holidays of Christmas are considered for 12 days

9. The most popular Christmas song “Jingle Bells” was actually written as Thanksgiving song with title “One Horse Open Sleigh”. In 1857, it was republished with title it holds now.

The most popular Christmas song "Jingle Bells" was actually written as Thanksgiving song

10. Kids desperately write letters to Santa which get lost in mail. To prevent this, in Canada, there is a special zip code especially for Santa named as HOH OHO as a part of “Santa Letter-Writing Program”.

There is a special zip code in Canada especially for Santa named as HOH OHO

11. As per reports of Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, dry Christmas trees causes an average of 10 deaths every year by sparking nearly 100 fires. Proper watering your Christmas tree can save it from drying during Christmas.

As per reports of Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, dry Christmas trees causes an average of 10 deaths every year

12. Turkey and Ham, both are among the favourite foods during Christmas eve as per the Google trends.

Turkey and Ham, both are among the favourite foods during Christmas eve as per the Google trends

13. In 1847, a immigrant of German-Swedish origin decorated his tree with candies during Christmas, Since then, the trend of Christmas candies have become popular.

In 1847, a immigrant of German-Swedish origin decorated his tree with candies during Christmas

14. The first artificial Christmas trees moved their way to US from Germany, when during 19th century because of heavy deforestation in Germany, the first artificial Christmas tree was created out of goose feathers.

In Germany, the first artificial Christmas tree was created out of goose feathers

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