CRAZY CHRISTMAS FACTS
Here’s some things that chances are you didn’t know about Christmas. From Mariah Carey and the invention of Eggnog, to Bing Crosby and what he means to December 25, it’s all here.
◆ The best-selling single of all time is a Christmas song! Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ from 1942, has sold over 150 million copies.
◆ Eggnog was first crafted in 1607 at Captain Jon Smith’s Jameston settlement in the US, and the name eggnog comes from the word ‘grog’ which refers to any drink made with rum.
◆ The original lyrics to ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" were ‘Hark! How the Welkin rings!" Welkin is an old, English term for Heaven.
◆ Though Santa Claus has worn blue, white and green in the past, his traditional red suit was the result of a popular ad in the 1930s by Coca Cola.
◆ Silent Night is the most recorded song in history, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978.
◆ The highest grossing Christmas movie of all time is Jim Carrey in ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’
◆ Santa Claus comes from St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop living in Turkey in the 4th Century AD. He inherited a huge wealth, and was known for giting it away to help the needy.
◆ The Christmas tree wasn’t popular until 1846, when Germany’s Prince Albert took the tradition back to England when he married Queen Victoria. The couple were sketched in front of a Christmas tree and the tradition was an instant hit.
◆ In America it is estimated that an average of 15,000 hospital emergency department visits are a caused each November and December from decorating accidents. An average of 17 deaths and $13 million in property damage are cause by dried Christmas trees which cause fires in the US each year.
◆ $47 billion was spent in the Christmas retail period in Australia last year, with Boxing Day Sales accounting for $2.5 billion of that figure, and food just over $19 billion. That’s a lot of ham, prawns and turkey!