- The earliest known reference to Christ’s birthday being on December 25 was in a Roman calendar compiled in AD354.
- Why the date of December 25 was chosen is a bit of a mystery. Some say it was simply a continuation of the Roman feast of Saturnalia celebrating the winter solstice on that date…
- The word Christmas comes from the Old English Christes Maesse (Christ’s Mass) which was first recorded in 1123.
- The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole…
- Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system
- All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts
- According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.
- The Viking god Odin is one precursor to the modern Santa Claus. According to myth, Odin rode his flying horse, Sleipnir (a precursor to Santa’s reindeer), who had eight legs. In the winter, Odin gave out both gifts and punishments, and children would fill their boots or stockings with treats for Sleipnir
- During the Christmas season, nearly 28 sets of LEGO are sold every second.
- The first printed reference to a Christmas tree was in 1531 in Germany