1. Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolpha��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.f
4. All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.
5. The a�?true lovea�? mentioned in the song a�?Twelve Days of Christmasa�? does not refer to a romantic couple, but the Catholic Churcha��s code for God. The person who receives the gifts represents someone who has accepted that code. For example, the a�?partridge in a pear treea�? represents Christ. The a�?two turtledovesa�? represent the Old and New Testaments.
4. Most of Santaa��s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzen, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santaa��s sleigh are likely not male, but female or castrati.
5. In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.
6. According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.
7. The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.
8. According to data analyzed from Facebook posts, two weeks before Christmas is one of the two most popular times for couples to break up. However, Christmas Day is the least favorite day for breakups.
9. Contrary to popular belief, suicide rates during the Christmas holiday are low. The highest rates are during the spring.h
10. The worlda��s largest Christmas stocking measured 106 feet and 9 inches (32.56 m) long and 49 feet and 1 inch (14.97 m) wide. It weighed as much as five reindeer and held almost 1,000 presents. It was made by the Childrena��s Society in London on December 14, 2007.
11. Christmas trees have been sold in the U.S. since 1850.
12. Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.
13. Many European countries believed that spirits, both good and evil, were active during the Twelve Days of Christmas. These spirits eventually evolved into Santaa��s elves, especially under the influence of Clement C. Moorea��s The Night Before Christmas (1779-1863) illustrated by Thomas Nast (1840-1902).