So, I meant to post this all on Christmas Day, but with all of the festivities and excitement, I didn’t really get a chance. Not to mention, my computer wasn’t set up until yesterday…
I love little interesting facts because there are always a few that tend to shock you and stick with you for a long time. Everyone loves a fun fact or two!! This is a Christmas Fun Fact Edition:
Christmas Fun Facts:
- American’s send 1.5 BILLION Christmas Cards each year.
- Rockefeller Center is the home of the largest Christmas Tree ever, which was 100 feet tall in 1999.
- The most expensive Christmas Tree decorating job was over 11 Millions dollars in the United Arab Emirates.
- The practice of gift giving was actually banned by the Catholic Church because it was thought to be rooted in Paganism.
- You can find the North Pole on the map, in Alaska.
- Americans buy 30 Million real trees and 12 million fake trees for decorating each year.
- In Greek, X means Christ. So that’s where Xmas comes from.
- The Statue of Liberty was a Christmas present from the French in 1886 and is the largest Xmas gift to date.
- It takes an average of 7 years to grow a Christmas Tree.
- For Santa to deliver gifts to ever child, he would need to visit 832 house per second.
- 7 out of 10 dog owners will get a gift for their babies.
- The first artificial Xmas tree was made by the Germans out of dyed goose feathers.
- Norwegian scientists have found that Rudolf’s glowing nose is probably due to a parasitic infection.
- Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the US.
And this is my favorite fact, because I like things that are a bit shocking. Mistletoe. The name comes from the fact that mistletoe springs up from bird droppings, once the seeds have passed through them. When they names it, they didn’t know that the birds were eating the seeds first, but they observed the mistletoe growing up from bird poop. So, they gave it the name “mistle” or “missel” meaning “dung”, and “toe” from the word “tan” meaning “toe”. Ergo, mistletoe = POOP TWIG. On top of the fact that they are poop twigs, some of the species of them are known to be partially parasitic if they can’t perform photosynthesis. So now it’s a parasitic poop twig!
I found this gem on Today I Found Out. Absolutely check it out for some other fun facts.
Whelp, at least I got it up there right?!
Merry Belated Christmas!!