Christmas is the jolliest and most rewarding time of year in many ways. There are so many Christmas myths that you can get lost in your search for the facts. The following information may debunk some of the myths, and if you're creative, the answers are great for trivia night!
Tallest Christmas Tree – The tallest Christmas tree on record was in Seattle, Washington, and stood 221 feet tall.
Meaning of Christmas – The literal meaning of Christmas is “mass of Christ.”
Christmas Song with the Most Sales – Bing Cosby's version of White Christmas has had the most known sales of any 78 LP (or 33 LP). Written by Irving Berlin, Cosby released the song in 1942.
Average Age of a Christmas Tree – Most Christmas trees harvested for home use are approximately 15 years old on average.
Rudolph Origins – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created in 1839 by Montgomery Ward and was meant to be an advertising gimmick. Little did they know he would become one of the most iconic characters of the Christmas season.
Wonderful Christmastime – Wonderful Christmastime was thought to be one of Paul McCartney's worst songs ever, but it still earns him $400,000 in royalties each year.
Christmas Leftovers – Christmas leftovers that are eaten after they have gone bad result in over 400,000 illnesses each year.
When Do Men Finish Their Christmas Shopping – One out of every three men usually waits until Christmas Eve to do their holiday shopping.
Christmas as A Legal Holiday – At one time, celebrating Christmas was illegal. In 1907, Oklahoma was the first state in America to declare Christmas a legal holiday.
Christ's Birthday – Some references in the Bible claim that Christ was not born in the winter at all but at some point in the spring.
Costly 12 Days of Christmas – If you plan on buying every gift offered during the 12 Days of Christmas, you will run up quite a bill. The seven swans a-swimming would be the most expensive, being valued at over $6,300.
Candy Canes – Candy canes were first produced in Germany. The hook shape was actually supposed to be a “J” for Jesus. The red striping represents his blood and the white purity.
Busiest Christmas Shopping Day – Busiest shopping days of the year aren't Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Most people will agree that they are on the 23rd and 24th of December.
Japanese Christmas Dinner – The traditional Christmas meal in Japan is Kentucky Fried Chicken which must be ordered at least two months in advance.
Jingle Bells – Jingle Bells was originally written in 1857 and was about Thanksgiving, not Christmas. It also has the distinction of being the first song ever played in space by Thomas A. Stafford and Walter Schirra, Jr.
Macy's Vs. Cole's – In the original Miracle on 34th Street, the main department store was Macy's. When Macy's chose not to participate in the remake of the Christmas Classic, the store's name was changed to Cole's.
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