Christmas Fun Facts

  • “Silent Night” was first sung as part of a church service in Austria. A guitar was used  because the church organ was so badly rusted it couldn’t be played
  • Guatemalan adults do not exchange Christmas gifts until New Year’s Day. Children get theirs on Christmas morning
  • In North American, children put stocking out at Christmas time. The Dutch use shoes
  • When visiting Finland, Santa leaves his sleigh behind and rides on a goat name Ukko. Finnish folklore states that Ukko is made of straw, but is strong enough to carry Santa Claus anyway
  • The popular Christmas song “Jingle Bells” was actually written for Thanksgiving. The song was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont, and was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh”
  • There are 364 gifts mentioned in the “Twelve Days of Christmas”
  • The first Christmas was celebrated on December 25, AD 336 in Rome

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