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20 Facts You Never Knew About X-Mas
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20 Facts You Never Knew About X-Mas
  • Santa's reindeers are called Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner/Donder, Blitzen, and Rudolph.
  • England has only known seven white Christmases in the entire twentieth century. According to the records of the Meteorological Office in London, snow fell on Christmas Day only in 1938 and 1976.
  • An old wives' tale says that bread baked on Christmas Eve will never go moldy.
  • Christmas pudding was first made as a kind of thick soup with raisins and wine in it.
  • 25th December was not celebrated as the birthday of Christ until the year AD 440.
  • Each year between 34-36 million Christmas trees are produced to cope with the holiday demand.
  • In 1647, the English parliament passed a law that made Christmas illegal. Christmas festivities were banned by Puritan leader Oliver Cromwell, who considered feasting and revelry on what was supposed to be a holy day to be immoral. Anybody caught celebrating Christmas was arrested. The ban was lifted only when the Puritans lost power in 1660.
  • The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.
  • Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.
  • The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.
  • Contrary to popular belief, suicide rates during the Christmas holiday are low. The highest rates are during the spring.
  • Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas in 1836.
  • Christmas wasn’t declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870.
  • US scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world's presents on Christmas Eve, traveling at 3 765 864 km/h.
  • The scientific name for reindeers is Rangifer Tarasndus
  • Did you know that reindeers can run with even 80km/h?
  • The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510.
  • 98% of all Christmas trees are grown on farms, while only 2% are cut from the wild
  • 93% of real Christmas tree consumers recycle their tree in community recycling programs, their garden or backyard.
  • A male reindeer is called a Buck; a female reindeer is called a Doe; a baby reindeer is called a Fawn

Merry X-Mas!!!    

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12-22-2013 02:26 PM
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