50 Interesting Facts About . . .Christmas


  1. Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.
  2. The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.
  3. Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.
  4. All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.
  5. The “true love” mentioned in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does not refer to a romantic couple, but the Catholic Church’s code for God. The person who receives the gifts represents someone who has accepted that code. For example, the “partridge in a pear tree” represents Christ. The “two turtledoves” represent the Old and New Testaments.
  6. Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzen, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely not male, but female or castrati.

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