The countdown to Christmas is really on – it’s only 2 weeks away! Are you ready? Christmas shopping all done? How about your Christmas Trivia?
There’s nothing like a good bit of Christmas Trivia knowledge to impress your family at Christmas dinner!
There’s a lot we all know about Christmas already but here are 10 unusual Christmas facts that you may not have heard before or find surprising.
10 Fun Christmas Facts
- ‘Jingle Bells’ was written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas. It was originally titled ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’ in 1857
- The average Aussie will consume around 7000 calories on Christmas day! You’ll probably have reached your average daily allowance by about 2pm!
- The Reindeers that pull Santa’s sleigh are all female. Male Reindeers shed their antlers in winter so in fact, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen. Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and even Rudolph, are all ladies.
- ‘Jingle Bells’ was the first song to be played in space. On December 16 1965 it was broadcast during NASA’s Gemini 6A space flight.
- The abbreviation Xmas isn’t irreligious. The letter X is a Greek abbreviation for Christ.
- Scientists in the USA calculated that Santa would have to make 842 million stops! To deliver all of the world’s presents on Christmas Ever, he would need to travel at 650 miles a second!
- Japanese families traditionally eat KFC for Christmas dinner. All thanks to a particularly successful ‘Kentucky for Christmas’ marketing campaign in 1947.
- Celebrating Christmas used to be illegal! From 1659–1681, anyone caught making merry would face a fine for celebrating.
- Why is the Partridge in a Pair Tree? The legend surrounding the lyrics from the 12 Days of Christmas is that the Partridge is a symbol of Jesus and the Pair Tree refers to the Tree of Life which is the Cross.
- I’ve saved my favourite Fun Christmas Fact until last – Iceland’s Christmas tradition has 13 Santas. Children are visited by 13 Yule Lads over the 13 days leading up to Christmas. They fill the shoes left under the Christmas tree by the children with gifts. Sweets and small gifts if they’ve been good and rotting potatoes if they’ve been naughty!