As the year 2022 approaches, preparations for New Year’s Eve celebrations have begun in many parts of the world. However, before the New Year, there is another celebration that the Western world is eagerly awaiting: Christmas. Although many people confuse Christmas with the beginning of the new year, this holiday is celebrated in many parts of the world on December 25th as Christmas. However, they are also very important to popular culture today. In the last days of December, many cities of the world are decorated with glowing trees, various decorations and New Year’s themes. Christmas, a tradition that is thousands of years old, allows colorful and very entertaining images to appear all over the world. On the other hand, the history of Christmas is full of interesting things. Here are 27 surprising facts about Christmas you may not have heard before…
1. According to one calculation, Santa Claus must move at a speed of 7,919,904 kilometers per hour to deliver gifts to every home in the world!
2. Any celebration of Christmas was banned in England between 1647 and 1660.
3. The world’s first “birthday card” was made in England in 1843 by a man named Henry Cole
4. Electric tree lights, one of the symbols of today’s festivities, were invented by American inventor Edward H. Johnson in 1882.
5. It is believed that the first ceremonies in history were held in York, England, in 521 BC.
6. The famous song “Jingle Bells” was originally made for Thanksgiving
7. Turkey is an indispensable dish on the evenings of December 25th.
But many years ago, pork was mostly consumed on Christmas evenings.
8. Santa’s costume wasn’t red in the past
This character, who is based on a historical figure, was mostly represented in blue, green, and white clothes in the past. However, after some advertising campaigns in the 1930s, he transformed into a character in red.
9. Flying reindeer first appeared in 1819
10. THE FIRST ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE WAS PRODUCTION IN GERMANY
11. An average of 3 billion Christmas cards are sold each year in the United States
12. LEGOs are among the most popular Christmas gifts
Each year, 25 Lego sets are sold out every second before the festivities.
13- The first Christmas postage stamp in history was issued in the United States in 1962
14. Saint Nicholas, who inspired Santa Claus, is believed to be a strict, disciplined person with a stick in his hand.
15. It was first officially recognized in the United States in 1836
Alabama was the first state to officially recognize Christmas. Finally, it became official in the state of Oklahoma in 1970.
16. One of the most popular holiday decorations in Poland is spider webs
What makes spider webs a popular decoration is the belief that spiders wove a blanket by Jesus.
17. The record for the fastest time to decorate a Christmas tree was broken in the UK in 2013
It took just 36.89 seconds for a woman named Sharon Gwantuah to decorate the tree.
18. Adolf Hitler tried to turn Christmas from a religious holiday into a tradition where his name was celebrated
19. The most expensive Christmas tree in history was exhibited in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates
The value of the tree, which was decorated in 2010 and displayed in the Emirates Palace, was more than $8 million. Among the tree’s decorations are 181 precious gems.
20. It is possible to send a letter to Santa Claus in Canada
However, you must submit your letter before December 20th. The mailing address for Santa Claus is Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada.
21. Highest-grossing Christmas movie to date, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” stars Jim Carrey
22. It is common to watch the Donald Duck cartoon before Christmas in Sweden
23. The tradition of decorating trees at Christmas is believed to have started in Latvia in the year 1510.
24. Before the 20th century, trees were lit by candles!
25. Since 1991, artificial celebration trees have become more popular in the world than real trees
26 The famous reindeer Rudolph was created in the 30s of the last century
Created by American children’s book author Robert L. May as “Red-Nosed Rudolph,” the character wasn’t much loved before he became the most famous reindeer in history. Because the red nose was often associated with drunkenness.
27. White Christmas is the best-selling Christmas song of all time.
Written by Irving Berlin in 1942, the song has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and has become one of the most popular songs in history.
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