Holiday Did You Know?
Santa Fun Trivia
Given all the different time zones, Santa only has 31 hours to deliver all the gifts to everyone, but his reindeer really the ones that have to fly, in order for Santa to visit every home they need to visit 823 homes per second. Kudos to the Reindeer!
The image of Santa that we have come to know, the stout jolly man in a red suit is based on Coca-Cola ads from the 1930s by the artist Hans Sundblom in which he used a retired salesman named Les Prentice used as his model.
In Iceland there are 13 different Santas, each leaving a different gift for children. They journey down from the mountain one by one, starting on December 12. Originally they were called Yule Lads and portrayed as mischievous, sometimes criminal, pranksters that stole from or harassed the population and have names like Sheep-Cote Clod, Door Sniffer and Bowl-Licker.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and all his fellow flying Reindeer first came to life in 1939 in a booklet for marketing, created by Montgomery Wards department store.
Did you know that Santa was a bachelor until 1849? Mrs. Clause was first mentioned in a short story "A Christmas Legend" written by James Rees.
On June 26, 1870 Christmas became a national holiday in United States, With Alabama being the first to recognize it. Oklahoma was the last in 1907.
The word Christmas came from Old English, it is a contraction of Christ's Mass
In Greece "X" means Christ so when people write Xmas they are not taking Christ out of Christmas.
Harper's Weekly was the first to depict Santa with his sleigh and reindeer.
Our well known Animal Crackers were first developed as tree ornaments, but when the company saw that the children loved eating them off the tree they started marketing them as snack crackers.
Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees by using dyed goose feathers.
Christmas is celebrated on December 25th because in 320 AD Pope Julius I proclaimed it to be the date of Christ birth.
For 22 years, From 1659 to 1681 Christmas celebration were banned by the Puritans because they believed it to be a decadent Catholic holiday, Some even condemned those who favored it as enemies of the Christian religion.
in 1895 the first Christmas tree lights were used and were proved to be safer that the traditional candles.
in 1915 Hallmark introduced its first Christmas card, just 5 years after the company was created, but the first Christmas card was created in England on December 9, 1842.
The 12 days of Christmas came about because the Christmas season begins at sundown on December 24th and ends at sundown January 5th.