The Holly and Jolly Christmas Facts

It just wouldn’t feel like the holidays without some random trivia!  But first, make sure you check out Events Calendar for our upcoming Webinar Wednesday training’s that will start in January!  Without further ado, here are 10 Holly and Jolly Christmas facts that you can impress your family with at the dinner table.

  1. If you were around from 1659-1681, celebrating this day in Boston would have cost you a fine of as much as five shillings! Gives me shills just thinking about it!
  2. US scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, traveling at 650 miles a second. I’d say that’s us during AEP!
  3. Get your plate ready! Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with needles being a good source of Vitamin C. If you don’t feel like eating your tree, some zoos take donated trees and use them as food for the animals.
  4. In Poland spiders are considered to be symbols of prosperity and goodness at Christmas. In fact, spiders and spider webs are often used as Christmas tree decorations. According to legend, a spider wove baby Jesus a blanket to keep him warm – that’s a big NOPE from me.
  5. If you gave all the gifts listed in the Twelve Days of Christmas, it would equal 364 gifts.


  6. NORAD’s “Santa Tracker” was born from a misprint in the newspaper. A 1955 Sears ad was supposed to print the number of a store where children could call and tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. The number printed was to the hotline of the Director of Operations for the U.S. Continental Air Defense. Colonel Shoup ordered his staff to give the children updates on the flight coordinates of Santa.
  7. Bicycle, the U.S. playing card company, manufactured cards to give all the POWS in Germany during World War II as Christmas presents. These cards, when soaked in water, revealed an escape route for POWs. The Nazis never knew.
  8. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the busiest shopping days and not the Black Friday.
  9. In 1914 during World War I there was a now famous Christmas truce in the trenches between the British and the Germans. They exchanged gifts across a neutral no man’s land, played football together, and decorated their shelters. (Read more about it in the book “Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce” by Stanley Weintraub.)
  10. Want to know the typical number of calories in your average Christmas dinner. I’m going to leave that one to you as we all know Christmas calories don’t count!

Can’t seem to get enough holly and jolly facts? Never fear! Click this link to read 99 Interesting Facts About Christmas.  It’s important to remember  the spirit of the Holiday season is about giving, especially to those less fortunate than yourself.  So with that in mind, we would like to wish you Merry Christmas from everyone here at RBI! 

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