Welcome
to a special edition of Facts With Pendusky. Let’s roll with some interesting
facts about Christmas….
      I.       
The
Statue of Liberty was gifted to the United States by the French on Christmas
day in 1886. It weighs 225 tons and thus you could consider it as the biggest
Christmas gift in the world.
    II.       
Christmas
supposedly marks the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. But there is no
mention of December 25 in the Bible and most historians actually believe he was
born in the spring.
   III.       
The
well-known reason we give presents at Christmas is to symbolize the gifts given
to baby Jesus by the three wise men.
  IV.       
Santa
Claus comes from St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop living in (what is now)
Turkey in the fourth century AD. St. Nicholas had inherited a great deal of
wealth and was known for giving it away to help the needy. When sainted, he
became the protector of children.
   V.       
Though
Santa Claus has worn blue and white and green in the past, his traditional red
suit came from a 1930s advert by Coca Cola.
  VI.       
“Silent
Night”
is the
most recorded Christmas song in history, with over 733 different versions
copyrighted since 1978.
 VII.       
“Santa
Claus Is Coming to Town

actually has a truly depressing back-story: songwriter James “Haven”
Gillespie was broke, jobless, and his brother had just died when he was asked
to write a Christmas song. He was originally too overcome with grief, but
eventually found inspiration in his brother’s death and the Christmas memories
they had together.
VIII.       
If
you gave all the gifts listed in the Twelve Days of Christmas, it would equal
364 gifts
  IX.       
‘Jingle
Bells’
– the
popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts,
America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
    X.       
Coca-Cola
was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for
promotion.
  XI.       
There
is also a website – www.christmas.com. However, the site is a commercial space
on the web. You can shop a variety of things and products related with this
giant festival celebrated in various parts of the world. Also there is a
website dedicated for Christmas countdown – http://www.xmasclock.com/
 XII.       
More
than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone, every year. The
business of ‘Christmas cards’ is huge, if you are looking for one.
XIII.       
Christmas
tree decoration is believed to have originated in the 16th century in Germany.
XIV.       
The
‘X’ in X-Mas, as we all use today, comes from the Greek meaning of ‘X’ i.e.
Christ.
XV.       
Christmas
trees were first decorated with fruits (mainly apples), and then later on
people started using candles, and then electric lights (1895) to decorate these
trees.
XVI.       
The
Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the busiest shopping days and not the
Black Friday.
XVII.       
The
largest floating Christmas tree in the world — 278 feet tall — is in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil.
XVIII.       
Japanese
spend their Christmas Eve eating in KFCs. This is a popular tradition in Japan
so much that customers have to book their seats 2 months in advance.
XIX.       
Approximately
35 million Christmas trees are produced during the Christmas season to keep
pace with the demand.
XX.       
The
most expensively dressed Christmas tree–valued at $11,026,900–(about 4billion
naira) was seen in the United Arab Emirates last year.
Which
is the most weird fact? Please use the comments box. #FactsWithPendusky.

 

 Ubong Effiong also known as Pendusky is a Customer Experience Management Personnel with Sterling Bank Plc.
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.