Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" holds the Guinness World Records title for the highest-charting holiday song. The first Christmas crackers – a traditional festive favourite – were made around 1845-1850 by a London sweet maker called Tom Smith. However, this tradition has somewhat died out in a lot of homes. Meanwhile, "White Christmas" is the best-selling song of all time. The Herald Angel Sing" were "Hark! Rudolph almost didn’t have a red nose either: At the time, a red nose was a sign of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward thought he would look like a drunkard. Fair play to them. COURTESY FACEBOOK Holiday decorations at The Jacaranda Hotel in Avon Park. 52 Christmas facts you never knew about the festive period - Mirror Online More snow on the cards as new 'Beast from the East' freeze barrels towards UK … December 25, 2017 . 21. It measured 221 ft. tall. Curl up by the fire with a nice cup of hot cocoa and smarten up! I took a look around and found some of the most interesting facts I could about Christmas. Singer Jimmy Boyd had to fly to Boston and explain to them why it wasn't obscene. Even to the extent of being banned for paganism in some respects. Tis the season to be...well informed. The poem that introduced us to the other eight reindeer, "A Visit From St. Nicholas," actually name-dropped Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Duner and Blixem. Thus, here are 35 (fun) facts about Santa Claus, Rudolph and the undisputed queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey, that you (probably) didn’t know. Christmas supposedly marks the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25. Long associated with the festive season, chestnuts are a sweet-tasting nut that come from the sweet chestnut tree (Castanea sativa). In the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas pudding, mince pies and anything to do with gluttony. 3. 22. While we've no doubt you know can pretty much recite the whole movie backwards at this stage, we bet you didn't know these gems. Rudolph was almost named Rollo or Reginald. While Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, there is no mention of December 25 in the Bible. As the festive countdown to 25th December begins, we take a look at some fun Christmas facts you probably didn’t know. 15 Christmas facts: The Celts believed that the mistletoe was in fact blessed with magnificent healing powers. Christmas supposedly marks the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25. One night, St. Nicholas dropped a bag of gold down the man's chimney so that his oldest daughter would be able to get married, and the bag fell into a stocking that was drying by the fire. Midnight mass is typically one of the biggest attendances for mass in Ireland. You Can Share Your Faith With Your Family Without Making It Weird. After his death, the legend of St. Nicholas spread. Share This Post! 1. Now you know. 1640 – Scotland abolished the observance of Christmas (until 1958 when it became a legal holiday). For Christians, this annual day is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus. Of course with Covid-19 this year things are a little different. But now the mistletoe hangs proudly in Irish homes as a symbol of peace. Christmas, a day celebrated by the Christians all around the world is luckily a Public Holiday, a day when Jesus was born; as declared. People all over the country jump into the freezing Atlantic regardless of the conditions. France has so many unusual Christmas traditions that only the locals, or someone spending Christmas in the country, would ever learn about. Dutch children adopted this tradition too and would leave treats for St. Nick's horse. 31. St Stephen’s Day, Lá Fhéile Stiofáin or Lá an Dreoilín, meaning the Wren Day, is named after the first Christian martyr and alludes to several Irish myths or legends that link parts of the life of Jesus to the wren. 1377 – During a Christmas feast hosted by King Richard the II of England in 1377, three hundred sheep and twenty-eight oxen were consumed. In fact, He probably wasn’t born in December at all. 1: Christmas is not complete unless one sings the popular song, Jingle Bells (you are humming it while reading this, just like we did while writing this! Cute! But there is no mention of Dec. 25 in the Bible and most historians actually believe he was born in the spring.