Interesting Christmas Facts

1. Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25?

In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.

2. Does Santa wear a red suit because of Coca-Cola?

It's a common belief that Coca-Cola's marketing machine created the image of Santa in red and white suit. Not so. Before the Coca-Cola Santa was even created, St Nick had appeared in numerous illustrations and poems wearing a scarlet coat. He was, however, often portrayed as a tall, gaunt and sometimes even frightening figure - before Coca-Cola came along. In 1931, the soft-drinks giant commissioned artist Haddon Sundblom to paint Santa Claus for the company's Christmas ads. The result? The rotund, happy man with the big rosy cheeks, twinkling eyes and white beard that we know and love today.

3. What's the best-selling Christmas song?

It is estimated that Bing Crosby's White Christmas, penned by Irving Berlin, is the best-selling single of all time, with over 100 million sales worldwide.

4. What do the Christmas colours symbolise?

The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolises the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.

5. Which country had the world's most expensive tree?

The most expensive Christmas tree was decorated in the United Arab Emirates in 2010 at an estimated cost of over $11 million.

6. In India, they decorate banana trees at Christmas time.

7. Did you know that the song ‘Jingle Bells’ was written in the American town of Massachusetts by James Lord Pierpont? It was originally sung to celebrate Thanksgiving, not Christmas!

8. An artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees. A spider web found on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck.

9. THE largest Christmas cracker - 45.72m long and 3.04m in diameter - was pulled in Australia in 1991.

10. SANTA has different names around the world - Kriss Kringle in Germany, Le Befana in Italy, Pere Noel in France and Deushka Moroz (Grandfather Frost) in Russia.

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