12 things that you didn’t know about Christmas [LIST]

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  1. 1 Santa has a real postal zip code.

    Due to the huge amount of mail the fat man gets... the Canadian Post office set it up... with a zip code of HOH OHO.
  2. 2 ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’ was created as a promotion for Montgomery Ward.

    Rudolph was supposed to be a moose but that was changed because a reindeer seemed friendlier. Also, I would think that 'Rudolph the red nosed Moose' just doesn't have the same ring to it.
  3. 3 The tradition of kissing underneath the mistletoe originated from Norse mythology.

    Just make sure you know who's around you when walking around the house... lol.
  4. 4 Christmas day once stopped a battle... for one day.

    On December 25th, 1915... during WW1, German and British troops along the Western Front took a break from fighting to sing Christmas carols and emerged from the trenches to shake hands, mingle and exchange cigs.
  5. 5 Decorating Christmas trees was started in the 16th century by German Christians.

    A quick fun fact on the trees themselves... the fierce Vikings in Scandinavia thought that evergreens were the special plant of the sun god, Balder.
  6. 6 According to research, 2 weeks before Christmas is the most popular time of the year for couples to break up.

    With Christmas day being the least. I guess people don't want to have to a buy a gift for just a hookup or 'casual girlfriend.' Allegedly, Christmas day itself is the lowest chance you have of getting dumped.
  7. 7 St. Nick is based on Church Bishop Saint Nicholas who was born around 270AD in the small Turkish village of Patara.

    He was known for being really generous to the poor.
  8. 8 364... that's the total number of gifts exchanged in the song '12 Days of Christmas.'

    That's about $20K worth of stuff...
  9. 9 The image of Santa Clause flying in a sleigh started in 1819 by the same author (Washington Irving) who created the Headless Horseman character.

    Irving is also attributed with coming up with his modern 'look" by describing Santa as a portly, bearded man who smokes a pipe. Irving's story (satiric 1809 book 'A History of New York') also marked the first time Santa slid down the chimney,
  10. 10 'Silent Night' is the most recorded Christmas song in history with over 733 different versions and copyrighted since 1978.

    It was originally written by a priest who was stationed at a pilgrim church in Austria.
  11. 11 Jingle Bells was originally written for Thanksgiving celebrations in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont, an organist at a Unitarian church in Savannah Georgia.

    It was titled 'The One Horse Open Sleigh.' It was retitled shortly aftewards 'Jingle Bells' and a few generations later became a holiday favorite.
  12. 12 With all that being said above... Christmas is really about celebrating Jesus Christ and his birth... being around family and bringing joy to the world.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.


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