Do You Know These Christmas Facts? Roger Fields – December 5, 2013.
ANSWER the following: “TRUE” OR “FALSE”.
1. According to data analyzed from Facebook posts, two weeks before Christmas is one of the two most popular times for couples to break up.
TRUE. However, Christmas Day is the least favorite day for breakups. (That’s nice. “Merry Christmas dear. I’m outta here.)
2. The abbreviation Xmas doesn’t take Christ out of Christmas.
TRUE. The letter X is a Greek abbreviation for the letter “Chi” and is often used in the Greek Bible manuscripts to abbreviate Christ. (However, some boneheads do it on purpose to try to make Christmas a secular holiday.)
3. RUDOLPH the red-nosed reindeer was invented by Disney.
FALSE. Rudolph was invented by Robert May in 1939.
4. The worlds largest Christmas present was the Statue of Liberty.
TRUE. The French gave it to the US in 1886. It is 46.5 meters high and weights 225 tons! (It did not come with a bow.)
5. Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas in 1836.
TRUE. (And you thought Alabama was behind the times!)
6. Puritans in America banned all Christmas celebrations from 1659-1681 with a penalty of five shillings for each offense.
TRUE. They viewed Christmas as a decadent Catholic holiday. (The Puritans were not known for their parties.)
7. President Lyndon Johnson, an environmentalist, banned Christmas trees from the White House.
FALSE. It was Teddy Roosevelt who did this in 1912. He was an environmentalist. (And a fun guy to be around at Christmas.)
8. Christmas purchases account for 1/2 of all retail sales in the U.S.
FALSE. It’s about 1/6. (It just seems like that’s when everyone goes shopping.)
9. Brenda Lee was 16 when she recorded the mega-hit “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
FALSE. She was 13. (And she never did any weird Miley stuff as she grew up.)
10. The same guy who did the voice for the original Grinch also did Tony the Tiger.
TRUE. It was Thuri Ravenscroft and because of a mix up in the movie credits he didn’t get recognized for his work at first.
11. By far, the most common food to eat for Christmas in Japan is KFC.
TRUE. People reserve chicken from KFC in advance to insure they can set it on the table at Christmas. (No further comment.)
12. Coca Cola invented Santa Claus.
FALSE. A lot of people believe Coke invented Santa. (However, Coca Cola was the first to do a bang up job using Santa for marketing purposes.)
13. Norwegians pay half tax in November, so everyone has more money for Christmas.
TRUE. (And what a GREAT idea!)
14. Leftovers can sometimes be your enemy. Spoiled leftovers are responsible for 400,000 cases of post Christmas associated illnesses.
TRUE. (Be careful about eating that old turkey! Ask me how I know.)
15. Christmas was illegal in England from 1647 – 1660
TRUE. (So what ya in for, Fields? Uh, excessive Christmas celebrating.)
16. During the auspicious Christmas time many pet owners treat their pets as human beings. It is noticed that almost 56 percent of Americans sing to their pets.
TRUE. (Oh, please!)
17. Norwegians hide their brooms on Christmas Eve as old legend has it that witches & evil spirits would steal brooms on Christmas Eve!
TRUE. (But what under-achieving witch has to steal her broom, and what does an evil spirit need with a broom? Really.)
18. Thomas Edison’s came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882.
FALSE. It was Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson. (This invention didn’t exactly make Eddie famous.)
19. Super Bowl ranks third behind Christmas & Thanksgiving for the largest occasion in the U.S. to consume food
TRUE. (I am mostly responsible for this trend.)
20. In 1914 during WWI in the week leading up to Christmas, German and British soldiers stopped fighting and exchanged seasonal greetings and songs between their trenches.
TRUE. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, many soldiers from both sides ventured into “no man’s land,” where they mingled, exchanging food and souvenirs. Some even played football. (The next day they went back to shooting at each other.)
21. Three people die each year testing if a 9v battery works on their tongue.
TRUE. (“Uncle George, don’t lick that battery!”)
22. Thirty-one people have died since 1996 by watering their Christmas tree while the fairy lights were plugged in.
TRUE. (Admission: we are not exactly sure what a “fairy light” is.)
23. Over a hundred people since 1997 have had broken parts of plastic toys pulled out of the soles of their feet on Christmas
TRUE. (Anyone who has kids totally gets this.)
24. One hundred and forty two people were injured in 1998 by not removing all pins from new shirts.
TRUE. (OK, but define “injury.”)
25. NSA listens in on Santa’s conversations with his elves.
TRUE. Absolutely true! I read it in the New York Times! (OK, fake news.)
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