Funny Christmas Trivia and Facts

Funny Christmas Trivia and FactsFunny Christmas Lawyer

Here is Will and Guy's selection of amusing Christmas trifles.

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Will and Guy's Top Ten Funny Christmas Trivia

  1. "Wassail" comes from the Old Norse "ves heill" - to be of good health. This evolved into the tradition of visiting neighbours on Christmas Eve and drinking to their health.Funny Christmas Trivia
  2. A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.
  3. According to a 1995 survey, 7 out of 10 British dogs get Christmas gifts from their doting owners.
  4. During the ancient 12-day Christmas celebration, the log burned was called the "Yule log". Sometimes a piece of the Yule log would be kept to kindle the fire the following winter, to ensure that the good luck carried on from year to year. The Yule log custom was handed down from the Druids.
  5. During the Christmas buying season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute in the United States.
  6. After "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens wrote several other Christmas stories, one each year, but none was as successful as the original.
  7. Although many believe the Friday after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year, it is not. It is the fifth to tenth busiest day. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the two busiest shopping days of the year.
  8. Charles Dickens' initial choice for Scrooge's statement "Bah Humbug" was "Bah Christmas."
  9. Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition.
  10. In Britain, the Holy Days and Fasting Days Act of 1551, which has not yet been repealed, states that every citizen must attend a Christian church service on Christmas Day, and must not use any kind of vehicle to get to the service. Ukraine: An artificial spider and web in Christmas decorations
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Christmas Trivia from Around the WorldUkraine: An artificial spider and web in Christmas decorations

Ukraine: 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.  (Because it kills flies in Champagne!).

A traditional Christmas bread called 'kolach' is placed in the centre of the dining table. This bread is braided into a ring, and three such rings are placed one on top of the other with a candle in the middle of the top one. The three rings symbolize the Christian Holy Trinity.Ho Ho Ho

Canada: Father Christmas has his own personal zip code [postcode]; it is the alphanumeric number: H0H 0H0. (Ho-Ho-Ho) In this way people who write to Santa know that their letter will arrive safely. It has been his personal code since 1982 and Will and Guy have learned that this address receives some 1 million letters from all over the world each year. Apparently, each letter received will be answered in the same language in which it is written, which, on its own must be a mammoth task.

New Zealand: Santa's address in New Zealand is: Santa Claus Santa's Workshop The North Pole 0001. To contact Santa online go to www.nzpost.co.nz/christmas

Australia: Santa can be contacted at Santa Claus, North Pole 9999 and last year he received some 90,000 letters.  See more Christmas card trivia.

UK: Santa can be reached by including the following postcode: SAN TA1

USA: Towns in the United States with Christmassy names are: Santa Claus, Arizona and Indiana; Noel, Missouri and Christmas, Arizona and in Florida. Caracas Christmas Eve people can roller-skate to church.

Venezuela: In Caracas, the capital, it is customary for the streets to be blocked off on Christmas Eve so that the people can roller-skate to church.

UK: It is a British Christmas tradition that a wish made while mixing the Christmas pudding will come true only if the ingredients are stirred in a clockwise direction and each family member has a stir of the mix. Furthermore, a traditional Christmas dinner in medieval England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.

Norway: on Christmas Eve all the brooms in the house are hidden because long ago it was believed that witches and mischievous spirits came out on Christmas Eve and would steal their brooms for riding. Syria: Christmas gifts are distributed by one of the Wise Men's camels.

Japan: Sending red Christmas cards to anyone in Japan constitutes bad etiquette, since funeral notices there are customarily printed in red.

Syria: Christmas gifts are distributed by one of the Wise Men's camels.

Christmas in Korea

Young ladies skating in Mother Claus costumes in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.  Aren't they lucky to have ice and probably snow too.  Incidentally, South Korea is the only East Asian country to recognise Christmas with a national holiday.

 Christmas in Korea

See more Christmas traditions around the world.

 

Chrismukkah - An Funny Alternative View At Christmastide

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Continuing the current trend of large-scale mergers and acquisitions, it was announced today at a press conference that Christmas and Hanukkah will merge. An industry source said that the deal had been in the works for about 1300 years.

While details were not available at press time, it is believed that the overhead cost of having twelve days of Christmas and eight days of Hanukkah was becoming prohibitive for both sides. By combining forces, we're told, the world will be able to enjoy consistently high-quality service during the Fifteen Days of Chrismukkah, as the new holiday is being called.

Massive layoffs are expected, with lords a-leaping and maids a-milking being the hardest hit. As part of the conditions of the agreement, the letters on the *dreydl, currently in Hebrew, will be replaced by Latin, thus becoming unintelligible to a wider audience.

Also, instead of translating to "A great miracle happened there," the message on the dreydl will be the more generic "Miraculous stuff happens." In exchange, it is believed that Jews will be allowed to use Santa Claus and his vast merchandising resources for buying and delivering their gifts.

One of the sticking points holding up the agreement for at least three hundred years was the question of whether Jewish children could leave milk and cookies for Santa even after having eaten meat for dinner. A breakthrough came last year, when Oreos were finally declared to be Kosher. All sides appeared happy about this.

A spokesman for Christmas, Inc., declined to say whether a takeover of Kwanzaa might not be in the works as well. He merely pointed out that, were it not for the independent existence of Kwanzaa, the merger between Christmas and Chanukah might indeed be seen as an unfair cornering of the holiday market. Fortunately for all concerned, he said, Kwanzaa will help to maintain the competitive balance.

He then closed the press conference by leading all present in a rousing rendition of "Oy Vey, All Ye Faithful."

*dreidel or dreydl is a Jewish top used in games.

In pictures: 20 Guinness world records with a Christmas theme

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Christmas Card Trivia

  • The first Christmas greeting by SMS was a simple 'Merry Christmas'
  • Only one in 100 Christmas cards sold in Britain in 2006 contained any religious imagery or message, a recent survey has shown
  • In 2004, the German post office gave away 20 million scented stickers free to make Christmas cards smell like a fir Christmas tree, cinnamon, gingerbread, or a honey-wax candleChristmas Card Trivia
  • This is the very first commercially produced Christmas card.  It was drawn in 1843 by John Calcott Horsley of Torquay, England, at the request of Sir Henry Cole
  • An average household in America will mail 28 Christmas cards each year and see 28 eight cards return in their place
  • As early as 1822, the postmaster in Washington, D.C. was worried by the amount of extra mail at Christmas time. His preferred solution to the problem was to limit by law the number of cards a person could send. Even though commercial cards were not available at that time, people were already sending so many home-made cards that sixteen extra postmen had to be hired in the city
  • During the Christmas buying season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute in the USA
  • The first Christmas stamp was released in Canada in 1898 and not Austria in 1937 as some claim.
  • The traditional flaming Christmas pudding dates back to 1670 in England, and was derived from an earlier form of stiffened plum porridge
  • Christmas became a national holiday in America on June, 26, 1870
  • The twelve days of Christmas are the days between Christmas Day and Epiphany [6th of January] and represent the length of time it took for the wise men from the East to visit the manger of Jesus after his birth
  • The Christmas tree displayed in Trafalgar square in London is an annual gift to the UK from Norway since 1947. The Norwegian spruce given is a token of appreciation of British friendship during World War II from the Norwegian people
  • English Puritan leader Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas between 1647 and 1660 because he believed such celebrations were immoral for the holiest day of the year
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Will and Guy have researched and found a particularly interesting survey result from Canada.

Apparently, when it comes to gather around the tree this holiday season, most Canadians prefer to give (87%) gifts than to receive them (13%), according to a new Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of World Vision Canada. While six in ten (58%) say the recent changes in the economy have caused them to re-evaluate this year's Xmas spending or traditions, the majority of Canadians continue to hold charitable gifts in high regard.

Some More Christmas Facts

More than 22 billion Barbie dolls have been sold since its launch by Mattel.

The Pokemon craze saw 1000 product licences up for grabs from Nintendo.
Totally sales reached $18bn.

Christmas Trivia - Names

Will and Guy Reveal the Top Names for Christmas Babies

Festive monikers have been given to almost 73,500 babies since 2000, with Joseph the most common, followed by Holly and Faith. Other popular choices include Sparkle, Sherry, Jesus and Happy.

A spokeswoman for online parenting site Bounty.com, which compiled the list from its database of registered baby names, told us, 'The Christmas period influences parent's choices when naming babies born at this time. And what better time of year to take inspiration from than the season of goodwill? But with children already named Sparkle and Santa among us, it may not be long until we bump into an "Elf" or "Tinsel" at the local supermarket!'

Top 25 festive first names

  1. Joseph 28,223
  2. Holly 21,312
  3. Faith 5,183
  4. Nicholas 3,440
  5. Gabriel 3,429
  6. Angel 2,894
  7. Christian 2,567
  8. Hope 2,196
  9. Mary 1,824
  10. Emmanuel 693
  11. Joy 430
  12. Ivy 396
  13. Noel 336
  14. Star 263
  15. Robin 119
  16. Berry 40
  17. Brandy 36
  18. Sherry 32
  19. Winter 31
  20. Jesus 21
  21. Happy 14
  22. Sparkle 5
  23. Santa 5
  24. Rudolph 3
  25. Claus 3

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