Tim Burton did not direct "Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas." Henry Selick, director of "James and the Giant Peach" and "Coraline," carried out the task, due to Burton having prior commitments to "Batman Returns." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Tolkien wrote yearly letters to his children as if they were from Father Christmas. They started off as simple Happy Christmas letters but grew more complex including a polar bear sidekick, the man on the moon, goblins, snow-elves, pictures, and he even developed an Arktik language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There are close to 15,000 farms growing Christmas Trees in the U.S., and over 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the industry. realchristmastrees.org/ed…
A Charlie Brown Christmas revitalized American demand for real Christmas trees, replacing the aluminum tree greatfallstribune.com/sto…
Nova Scotia gives Boston a Christmas tree every year as thanks. In 1917 a ship carrying explosives exploded near the city of Halifax, killing 1,500 people immediately and hundreds in the next few weeks. The city of Boston immediately sent doctors, supplies, and money by ship and train to help. boston.com/news/local-new…
Many Christmas traditions come from the Roman holiday Saturnalia. history.com/topics/ancien…
Rock music has died out in the UK so much that the Rock & Metal Number One spot consists of practically nothing but Don't Let the Bells End around every Christmas, and Bohemian Rhapsody for the rest of the year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The use of mistletoe as a Christmas decoration derives from a Norse myth. Norse god, Balder's only weakness was the mistletoe plant. On learning this Loki, the god of mischief carved arrows from the branches of plant which were used to kill Odin's son. history.co.uk/articles/ho…
When Audrey Geisel, the widow of Doctor Seuss, was selling the rights to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, she made sure that "any actor submitted for the Grinch must be of comparable stature to Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman." wikipedia.org/wiki/How_th…
During the Christmas of 1819, King George III - who by then was completely blind, increasingly deaf, had dementia, was in pain from rheumatism and suffering from another bout of insanity - spoke nonsense for 58 hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The Griswold's home in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is the same home from American Beauty filmoblivion.com/2019/01/…
Pro wrestler Batista decided to get into wrestling after realizing he had squandered his 20s and was living in poverty to the point that he had to borrow money to buy Christmas presents for his kids. tampabay.com/florida/2019…
Today I learned about the treeless tundra town of Nome Alaska, who's residents create their own Nome National Forest on the frozen sea out of their discarded Christmas trees. The tradition has fallen out of practice but has recently been reborn through pressure from the Mayor. knom.org/wp/blog/2017/12/…
Today I learned of Miguel Wattson, an electric eel from Tennessee with its own Twitter account. Whenever he discharges a large enough jolt, a tweet will be automatically send out to his account EelectricMiguel. Apart from sending tweets, he also helps power up Christmas trees at the aquarium. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
Scotland banned Christmas for nearly 400 years. It didn’t become a public holiday until 1958. siliconglen.scot/Scotland…
Gayla Peevey, the singer of "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas" was given an actual hippopotamus. The hippo "Matilda" lived for 47 year before dying of a heart attack while being transported to Disney World's Animal Kingdom in 1998. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay…
Superbowl Sunday is the second highest food consumption day in the US, ahead of Christmas and only beaten by Thanksgiving ufcw.org/superbowlfood/
Jingle Bells is "not a Christmas song β€” it's a Thanksgiving song. It's not a jolly family song β€” it's a drinking song. It's at the centre of a nasty dispute, and it was written by a 'jerk'." cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
Brenda Lee was only 13 years old when she recorded "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" in 1958 (she turns 76 this week!) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Ja Rule lived with his grandparents, who were Jehovah’s Witnesses. He assumed his grandparents were cheap because they didn't celebrate birthdays or Christmas. time.com/2954051/ja-rule-…
The best-selling Christmas song of all time, White Christmas, was written by a Jew whose own Christmas tradition was visiting the grave of his son who died on Christmas day in 1928 at the age of three weeks old. That son was Irving Berlin, Jr. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Mariah Carey and her producer wrote the song "All I Want for Christmas" in just 15 minutes. businessinsider.com/all-i…
Today I learned of the Weihnachtsgurke, or Christmas Pickle tradition of German-Americans. It's a pickle ornament hung on Christmas trees. While claimed to be a tradition from Germany, it's more likely that it was an American invention from the 19th century that has since been exported to Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Good King Wenceslas is technically a Boxing Day (26 Dec) carol, not a Christmas carol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
Today I learned about the GΓ€vle Goat, a huge Yule Goat made of straw errected in the days before christmas in the town of GΓ€vle, Sweden. There are many security messures to keep it standing as, since it's first appearance in 1966, it has been destroyed 37 times. Most times by arson. visitgavle.se/en/about-ga…
In 2015, a radio DJ in Austria barricaded himself into his studio and played Wham's 'Last Christmas' 24 times in a row. He did it as a protest for lack of holiday spirit, and only stopped after his 4-year-old daughter called in to complain. businessinsider.com/radio…
"Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer", "Run Run, Rudolph", "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", and "A Holly Jolly Christmas" were all written by the same guy - Johnny Marks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 1836, Alabama became the first state to officially make Christmas a state holiday then followed by Louisiana and Arkansas. quadcitiesdaily.com/?p=35…
During the fall of Saigon in April of 1975, the American radio station played "White Christmas" to signal American troops to immediately move to evacuation points en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
:The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree (typically a 50- to 60-year-old Norway spruce, generally over 20 metres tall) is a Christmas tree gifted to the people of Britain by Norway each year since 1947 as a token of gratitude for British support to Norway during the Second World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Mariah Carey's version of "All I Want For Christmas" has earned her roughly 2.5 million dollars each year since it came out cnn.com/2019/12/17/media/…
John Grigg, AKA Lord Altrincham, was a British writer who in 1957 publicly arraigned the Queen by likening her to "a priggish school girl." He later became known as the inspiration for her first televised Christmas address that same year. townandcountrymag.com/soc…
The Irish used to celebrate the day after Christmas by killing wrens. The Norse origin theory for this tradition maintains that wrens betrayed Irish soldiers by beating their wings on Irish shields whilst fighting against Viking invaders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wre…
The '12 Days of Christmas' are not the days leading up to the holiday, but rather the 12 days AFTER. In some lore, a witch named Befana brings candy & gifts to kids on January 5th, 'Epiphany Eve,' much like Santa does on Christmas Eve wikipedia.org/wiki/Befana
Civil War soldiers patrolling the Rappahannock River once engaged in a Christmas truce. On that day in 1862, greetings were shouted back and forth, and supplies were exchanged via toy boats: Northern coffee, sugar and pork for Southern corn, tobacco, and persimmons. battlefields.org/learn/pr…
In pre-Norman England, Father Christmas, originally wore a green suit with a long green hooded cloak, as well as a wreath made of holly, mistletoe or ivy which represented the coming spring. history.co.uk/article/8-f…
An Arkansas Christmas light display caused so much congestion, neighbors to the home filed a lawsuit to prevent two hour trips to the corner store. The owner of the display responded to the lawsuit by adding three million more lights. baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
It is not known who wrote "Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St Nicholas)" with Clement Clarke Moore claiming authorship but many contending that Henry Livingstone Jr was the actual author. The poem is largely responsible for the modern conceptions of Santa Claus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_V…
The Christmas Star in the Adoration of the Magi (1305) by Giotto was inspired by his observation of Halley's Comet, which is only visible once every 75 years sciencemusings.com/giotto…
Actor Peter Billingsley (Ralphie from β€œA Christmas Story”) was at the Challenger launch in 1986 and witnessed the explosion. battleofthenetworkshows.c…
The Polar Express is modeled after the Pere Marquette 1225. Coincidentally, the locomotive's road number is the date of Christmas, 12/25. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
The twelve days of Christmas go from December 25th to January 5th, or in some traditions, December 26 to January 6th en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
10th century Norwegian Viking ruler King Haakon the Good made the household production of JuleΓΈl (Christmas Beer) a law. Families that did not have beer at their Christmas feast were issued a fine. vinepair.com/articles/chr…
Irving Berlin (composer of White Christmas and Putting On The Ritz) could only play piano in one key, so he had a custom piano built with a switch that shifted the entire keyboard left and right to different strings. youtu.be/DV9uq8z2k5E
There is a "Christmas Tree" (actually a large bush) located in the median of I-17 in Arizona, which has been decorated every year for over 30 years by an unknown group of persons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-1…
In Canada, "Christmas" gifts were traditionally given on New Years Eve cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar…
"Mele Kalikimaka" is just a phonetic approximation of the words "merry Christmas" in the Hawaiian language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel…
Iceland has 13 Santas, a Christmas Witch, and a man-eating Yule Cat smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about β€œMummering,” a medieval practice that continues today in places like Newfoundland. People dress up in disguises and visit houses during Christmas time. newfoundlandlabrador.com/…
Today I learned about Operation Christmas Drop. Every year around Christmas, the US Air Force drops toys, school supplies, and humitarian aid over the islands of Micronesia. It has been running since 1952, making it the longest-running humanitarian airlift in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…

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