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!

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