Fun Facts About the Holidays
By : Rodger Mayorga
Mostly everyone’s favorite holiday is coming! So I thought I would kick off the holidays with some fun/interesting/weird facts.
For fact number 1 about the holidays, did you know that Jingle bells was written for Thanksgiving and not Christmas? The song “Jingle bells” was written in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont. The song was supposed to be played during Sunday school during Thanksgiving to commemorate the famed Medford sleigh races.
Fact number 2, Did you know that Rudolph’s red nose was based on a parasitic infection of the respiratory system? It was based on this because whenever someone got the parasitic infection their lungs would have some spotted red dots.
Fact number 3. In the Netherland, Sinterklaas (The dutch version of Santa), arrives from Spain, not the north pole. But the weird part is, is that Sinterklaas “little helpers” take peoples kid for behaving badly unlike in America where the folklore is giving cole for behaving badly.
Fact number 4. In Germany, Poland, and Ukraine, finding a spider or spider web during Christmas is a sign of good luck. According to folklore if you find a spider or spider web during Christmas you will have good luck for the rest of the day. This is a pretty weird bur interesting fact
Fact number 5. Two weeks before Christmas is the time where most couples break up or divorce. Analyzed by Facebook posts and other social networks, it is official that most couples break up during the 2 weeks before Christmas begins. This is a sad fact for some but it has some interesting qualities.
Fact number 6. In Armenia, the traditional Christmas meal consists of fried fish, lettuce and spinach. Armenians do this because a week before Christmas they all fast leaving their stomachs in for an appetite.
Fact number 7. Japenese people usually eat KFC as a traditional Christmas dinner. It's true! Japenese people’s traditional Christmas meal has been KFC since KFC released it's first Christmas commercial in 1953.
Fact number 8. The first traditional Christmas tree wasn’t even a real tree, it was made out of goose feathers. The first artificial Christmas tree was made in Germany in the 19th century, but it wasn’t a real tree, it was made out of goose feathers dyed green. These “trees” increased drastically in popularity by the 20th century finally making it's way ton the U.S.
Fact number 9. Iceland has 13 Santa’s and an old lady that captures children. In Iceland, the Christmas folklore is that there are 13 Santa’s each of them with their own special ability and colorful personality. Now the creepy part is that there is also an old woman who captures children if they misbehave, the even weirder part is that the old woman is supposed to be the mother of the 13 Santa’s.
Fact number 10. In Germany, it is believed that the pure of heart people can hear animal’s talk during Christmas eve. It is also believed they can see rivers turn into wine and can hear bell ringing sounds from the bottom of the sea. This is a really interesting fact to know about.
Well, folks, these are 10 facts about the holidays hope you enjoyed reading, Happy Holidays!