8 fun facts about Christmas

Will the real Santa please stand up

Each year there are around 20,000 “Rent-a-Santas” around the United States. These “Santas” usually go through training on how to stay jolly while feeling pressure from the public. They also receive practical advice such as not accepting money from parents while children are looking, and to avoid eating garlic, onion or beans for lunch.

Christmas “break-up”

According to Facebook data, the two weeks leading up to Christmas is one of the most popular times for couples to break up. However, Christmas Day is the least common time for breakups.

It ain’t easy being green

Being an environmentalist, President Teddy Roosevelt banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1901.

Silly shopping season

Christmas purchases make up 1/6 of all retail sales in the U.S.

An arachnid Christmas story

In Poland, spiders or spider webs are popular Christmas decorations because according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. Thus, Polish people consider spiders to symbolise goodness and prosperity at Christmas.

The colour of Christmas

In the past, Santa Claus has worn blue, white and green, however, his traditional red suit came from a 1930s ad by Coca Cola.

Rudolf’s red nose

Rudolph almost didn’t have a red nose: During this time, a red nose indicated chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward thought he might look like a drunkard.

A Christmas story

The highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Jim Carrey version.

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