Fascinating festive factoids

  • Santa Claus is based on a 4th Century bishop, St. Nicholas,  from somewhere near Turkey. Early illustrations also depict him as a symbol of discipline and punishment!

Fascinating festive factoids

 

  • Mistletoe spreads though bird droppings. Its name means ‘symbiotic relationship’.

Fascinating festive factoids

 

  • There is no evidence Christ was born on Christmas Day.

Fascinating festive factoids

 

  • In an attempt to ease tensions one Christmas, Colombia’s government covered jungle trees with lights, which lit up when local guerrillas passed by.


  • Catalonians celebrate Christmas Day by beating a ‘pooping log’ with sticks whilst singing an encouraging song. This anthropomorphised chunk of hollow wood then excretes gifts of small candies, fruits and nuts, with a salt herring expelled as the grand finale.

Fascinating festive factoids

 

  • Most of our favourite traditional Christmas songs from the 20th Century were composed by Jewish songwriters.

 

  • At 118ft, the UK’s tallest Christmas tree is at Wakehurst Place near Haywards Heath.

Fascinating festive factoids

 

  • Charles Dickens grew up during a mini ice age, when it snowed every Christmas until he was eight. It influenced his writing and gave the world unrealistic expectations for festive weather.

Fascinating festive factoids

 

  • The Voyager space probes are programmed to avoid planetary encounters over Christmas.

Fascinating festive factoids

 

  • Male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas. So those pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely to be female, despite their butch names.

Fascinating festive factoids

 

  • The 2015 version of John Lewis’ popular Christmas TV advert was partly filmed in Whitehawk.

 

  • Through a stroke of marketing genius, Kentucky Fried Chicken has become the traditional Christmas Day meal in Japan.

Fascinating festive factoids

 

  • New York TV station, WPIX, has broadcast 24 hours of a burning fireplace on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day since 1966.

 

  • Catalonian nativity scenes depict the entire town of Bethlehem, with one small addition. A small statue known as the Caganer is tucked away in a corner. He’s placed far from the action, because he’s knocking out a crafty poo. Are you noticing a theme here?

Fascinating festive factoids

 

  • A less-enlightened Dutch Christmas tradition sees people dress up as a stereotypical character called ‘Zwarte Piet’, or Black Peter. Children who don’t behave during the year are told he will take them away to Spain. And we know what their festive season involves.

Fascinating festive factoids

 

  • Iceland has a similar mythological figure scaring the kids over Christmas. One of 13 ‘Yuletide Lads’, Grýla is an old lady who abducts naughty children, leaving presents or playing pranks over a 26 day period.

Fascinating festive factoids

 

  • On Christmas Day in Caracas the roads are closed off, allowing churchgoers to travel to services by roller-skate.

Fascinating festive factoids

 

  • To reach 2,106 million children on Christmas Eve, Santa would have to make an average of 842 million stops, travelling at 12.19 million miles per second in-between. Except in Brighton, where he diligently observes the 20mph speed limit.

Fascinating festive factoids

Zeen is a next generation WordPress theme. It’s powerful, beautifully designed and comes with everything you need to engage your visitors and increase conversions.