Thursday, December 20, 2012

Strange Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Christmas

Four more days to go and it's already Christmas, and I know everyone's busy and excited for the coming family dinner on Christmas Eve. Who wouldn't? But ever wonder what kind of topics can you come up while waiting for it, well then, I searched over the net. for these interesting but weird facts you probably didn't know about Christmas. Why don't you try bringing these topics up with your family and enjoy the eccentricity of them all:
  1. It was stated that the first commercial Christmas card was produced and sold in London in the year 1843. It is also estimated that Americans send over 1.5 billion Christmas cards each year, Halloween being second to it.
  2. Didn't you know that Santa Claus actually have an address and that you can send letters to him? The Father of Christmas actually has two addresses, Edinburgh and North Pole. According to Woodlands Jr., "Letters addressed to 'ToyLand' or 'SnowLand' go to Edinburgh, while letters addressed to 'North Pole' have to be sent there because there is really such a place."
  3. Everyone knows Rudolph but didn't you know that he's just unique because of his shiny red nose, but also that he's that only reindeer in Santa Claus' sleigh that has a name starting with R and a name more likely given to a human. Other reindeers are named: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner/Donder and Blitzen.
  4. Didn't you know that Santa Claus has an evil twin? According to Germanic alpine regions legend, Santa Claus has an evil twin named Krampus Night, who beats and punish all the children who had been naughty before Christmas. According to Open Journey, "On December 5th men dress up in some of the scariest devil-like costumes you can imagine and drunkenly run around towns hitting people with sticks and switches." This is legend is well-known in Hungary, Bavaria, Slovenia and is popular in Austria.
  5. In Japan, the traditional Christmas dinner is to eat fried chicken and strawberry shortcake. KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) perhaps is the most popular, that it is even stated "reservations may have to be made to eat at a KFC on Christmas in Japan."
  6. Jingle Bells was actually the first Christmas song sung in space when astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra boarded on Gemini 6 sent a message on the Mission Control on December 16, 1965, stating: "We have an object, looks like a satellite going from north to south, probably in polar orbit... I see a command module and eight smaller modules in front. The pilot of the command module is wearing a red suit..." The two astronauts then sung the first song broadcast from space, "Jingle Bells".
  7. Mistletoes actually comes from bird droppings that fell on the trees, the plant springing to life through it thus the term "mistle" or "missle". While the word "toe" came from the Anglo-Saxon word "tan", meaning "twig." Basically, mistletoe means "poop twig" and if you ever became a victim of it again this Christmas, just remember your kissing under a poop twig. Nasty, eh? -
There are many more weird facts you can find all over the net. And if you want to remember them, you can always print them, just don't forget to use eco-friendly toner cartridges or eco-friendly ink cartridges as your gift to our environment this Christmas.

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