On the first day of Christmas, what really happened. There are hundreds of different facts about Christmas that have entertained people for decades.
Here are several interesting facts about Christmas.
* The first postage stamp to celebrate Christmas was issued in Austria, in 1937.
* White Christmas by Bing Crosby is the number one selling Christmas single of all time.
* Christmas carols was introduced by St Francis of Assisi in ceremonial church services.
* Christmas caroling were first called Wassailing – where people toasted their neighbors to a long, prosperous and healthy life.
The word carol was derived from an old French word, caroler. The word caroler came from the Latin choraula.
Choraula was derived from the Greek choraules.
* In early England, the traditional Christmas dinner was the roasted head of a pig – prepared with mustard.
* 7 out of 10 British dogs get Christmas gifts from their devoted masters.
* After writing A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens wrote a new Christmas story each year. None was nearly as successful as the original.
* The four ghosts in “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens were the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, Christmas Yet to Come, and the ghost of Jacob Marley, who is the former partner of Mr. Scrooge.
* The very first Christmas card was created in England on December 9, 1842.
* More than three billion Christmas cards are sent annually in the United States.
* In 1822, the postmaster of Washington, DC wrote “I don’t know what we’ll do if this keeps on”. He was complaining about the 16 mailmen he added at Christmas to handle the Christmas cards. He wanted the number of cards a person could send to be limited by law.
* Five years after they started their business, Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards to the public in 1915.
* An average household in America put 28 Christmas cards in the mail each year and each household receive 28 eight cards.
* Jolly Old Saint Nicholas is known throughout the world by many different names names; Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas, Sinterklaas, St. Nick, and Pere Noel.
In the movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000), there are more than 52,000 brightly glowing Christmas lights, more than 8,200 Christmas ornaments and at least 2,000 candy canes.
Modern references of Santa coming down the chimney can be traced to the very popular poem The Night Before Christmas, which was written in 1822 by the Clement Moore. In the story-like poem, Moore wrote And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof, the prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my head and was turning around, down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
In America, young children put Christmas stockings on the fireplace mantle at Christmas time. Dutch children put their shoes out in hopes they will be filled with goodies.