Christmas trivia for holiday fun
By Brenda Harrison, Editor
Here’s some Christmas trivia to wow your friends and family during the upcoming holidays.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by Robert L. May in 1939, when he wrote a Christmas-themed story-poem to attract customers to his Montgomery-Ward department store.
Pope Julius I decided the date for Christmas would be December 25. The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas on Jan. 7.
The first commercial Christmas card was sent in 1843 and was designed by John Horsley.
The best selling Christmas song ever is “White Christmas.”
Rudolph was the only reindeer left out of the “Night Before Christmas” song.
The Christmas cracker was invented by Tom Smith.
Traditional Ukrainians put a spider’s nest on their Christmas tree for good luck.
The Christmas plant “Viscum” is what we call mistletoe.
Do you remember the name of Ebenezer Scrooge’s partner in the play, “A Christmas Carol?” It was Jacob Marley.
Who tried to steal Christmas from the “Whos of Whoville” in the 1966 cartoon based on the Dr. Seuss Story? The Grinch, of course.
Cranberry sauce is made from “marsh-whorts.”
Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean.
The turkey is from North America.
C.S. Lewis wrote in a novel it is “always winter but never Christmas.”
In 1948 Spike Jones and the City Slickers released, “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.”
Christmas traditions around the world have many names for Santa Claus.
The French name for Santa Claus is Pere Noel.
Norway gifts the Christmas tree that is placed at Trafalgar Square in London.
Christmas was declared as a federal holiday in the United States in 1870.
The first state in the United States to recognize Christmas as an official holiday was Alabama. Oklahoma was the last.
St. Nicholas originally belonged to Turkey.
England is credited with the creation of the Christmas beverage, eggnog
A snowflake traditionally has six points.
Red and green are the two colors most associated with Christmas. Gold and silver are also extremely popular.
Germany was the first country to use the tradition of Christmas trees.
Thomas Edison invented electric Christmas lights in 1880.
Father Christmas’s red and white costume was allegedly first introduced by the Coca Cola company.
After leaving Bethlehem, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus traveled to Egypt. I
n Spanish, “Merry Christmas” is “Feliz Navidad.”
Source: Christmastrivia.net and icebreakerideas.com