Some have received Christmas presents in abundance, while others don’t care much about the holiday. But one thing is certain; you can’t miss the Christmas decorations, no matter where you turn. But how much do you really know about Christmas, aside from the fact that we celebrate the birth of Jesus? Here are ten facts you probably didn’t know about the holiday of Christmas!

The Mystery of Rudolph’s Red Nose Is Finally Solved…

Even if you might not know all of Santa’s reindeer names, you should at least be familiar with Rudolph, the reindeer with the red nose. Norwegian researchers have speculated that Rudolph’s red nose is likely a result of a parasite infection in his respiratory system. Of course, we all need a logical explanation for why his nose is red. Flying reindeer, however, are a whole different story!

Most Breakups During Christmas…

According to data analyzed from Facebook posts, one of the two most common times for couples to break up is two weeks before Christmas. However, Christmas Day itself is the day when couples are least likely to break up with each other. Perhaps it’s all about not wanting to give a gift to one’s beloved?

Another Logical Explanation About Santa’s Reindeer…

Most of Santa’s reindeer have masculine-sounding names, such as Blitzen, Comet, and Amor. However, male reindeer shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely not of the male gender, but rather females or simply castrated.

They Couldn’t Wait in Sweden…

In Sweden, they celebrate Christmas Eve on December 24th. But in the year 350 AD, Pope Julius, Bishop of Rome, declared December 25th to be the official celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

World’s Tallest Christmas Tree…

According to the Guinness World Records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut down and erected was a Douglas fir measuring a whopping 6736.08 cm (about 6.73 meters). It was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.

This is What the Colors Represent…

The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long symbolized life and rebirth, red is meant to symbolize Christ’s blood, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.

History of Christmas trees…

Christmas trees typically grow to about 15 years old before being cut down from tree farms and turned into Christmas trees. Christmas trees have been sold in the USA since 1850. However, Christmas trees have been sold in Germany since the 1400s.

Spirits Turned Into Christmas Elves…

In many European countries, it was believed that spiritsboth good and evil – were active during the twelve days of Christmas. These spirits would eventually evolve into the Christmas elves of Santa Claus. This transformation was particularly influenced by Clement C. Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas” (1779-1863) illustrated by Thomas Nast (1840-1902).

Decorating the Christmas Tree with Spiders…

In Poland, it’s not uncommon for spiders or spiderwebs to adorn Christmas trees. This is because, according to legend, a spider wove a blanket of spider silk for the baby Jesus. In reality, Poles believe that spiders are symbols of goodness and prosperity at Christmas.

And Lucky It Is…

According to statistics, very few people commit suicide during the Christmas holidays. Spring is the most common time for suicides to occur.

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