13 Interesting Facts & Tidbits Everyone Should Know About Christmas

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. We all love Christmas, but how much do any of us actually know about the festival? Brush up on your holiday knowledge with these Christmas tidbits.

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1. 93 percent of Americans said they celebrated Christmas in 2019, according to a Gallup poll.

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2. According to Guinness World Records, Jingle Bells’ was the first song played in space on 16 December 1965, it was broadcast during NASA’s Gemini 6A space flight. The song, written by James Lord Pierpont (USA) in 1857, was originally titled “One-Horse Open Sleigh”.

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3. The world’s tallest cut Christmas tree was a 67.36 m (221 ft) Douglas fir (Pseudotsga menziesii) erected and decorated at Northgate Shopping Center, Seattle, Washington, USA, in December 1950. ( It’s not the picture above)

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4. Bing Crosby’s classic White Christmas is  the best-selling Christmas song of all time.The 1942 song, written by Irving Berlin and performed by Bing Crosby, has sold an estimated 50 million copies since its release.

 In 1942 alone, the song spent 11 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts in the US, and it won the Oscar for best original song for its part in the film Holiday Inn.

When other versions of the songs are factored in, including those by Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble, White Christmas has sold an estimated 100 million copies and is listed as the biggest-selling single worldwide of all time in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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5. Chris Columbus was going to direct National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, but Chevy Chase was difficult to work with so he dropped out and did a different project instead. It was Home Alone — the 2nd highest grossing Christmas film of all time

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6.  Total holiday retail sales in 2020 exceeded expectations in spite of the pandemic and grew by 8.3 percent compared to 2019, according to CNBC and the National Retail Federation,  reaching $789.4 billion.

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7. Christmas wasn’t always on December 25. The day of Jesus’s birth is actually not mentioned in the Bible, according to The Washington Post. It was initially believed to have taken place on January 6, but for reasons unknown, the celebration was moved to December 25 in the mid-4th century.

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8. Boston church leaders tried to have the song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” banned in the 1950s because they thought it ‘promoted physical intimacy’. A closer listen implies that Santa Claus is actually the child’s father, but this didn’t stop radio stations in some cities from banning it when it came out. Columbia Records appealed to the Council of Churches to clear the song where it was banned, and Jimmy was brought in personally to explain his reasoning, and it must have worked, because it became one of Christmas’ favourite songs.

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9. Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition in the 16th century, when Christian families set up trees in their homes and decorated them with lighted candles, according to the History Channel.

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10. A radio host once wanted to get listeners in the holiday spirit, so he barricaded himself in a studio and played “Last Christmas” by Wham! 24 times in a row.

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11. The Statue of Liberty is the largest Christmas gift ever given.

The people of France gave it to the US in 1886. It’s 151 feet, 1 inch high and weighs 225 tonnes.

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12. According to The Washington Post, wedding experts and social media data indicate that Christmas Eve and Christmas Days are the two most popular days of the year to propose.

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13. It’s a Wonderful Life’ was a box-office flop. The enduring Christmas classic initially bombed at the box office. It wasn’t until 1974, when its copyright expired and television networks could air it for free, that it cemented its place as one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time.

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