Christmas Trivia


  • Saint Nicholas of Myra, the original Santa Claus, was the patron saint of children, thieves and pawnbrokers.
  • Based on previous surveys, 17 percent of you will embarrass yourselves in some way at your office Christmas party.
  • A Mongolian wild ass can run 8 mph faster than a reindeer.
  • It's Donder, not Donner.
  • Christmas pudding should be stirred from east to west.
  • 56 percent of Americans sing holiday carols to their pets.
  • 53 percent of Americans plan to "re-gift" this year.
  • 1 in 3 men will wait until Christmas Eve to finish their shopping.
  • 1 in 6 men would like to get rid of all the "gift-giving nonsense."
  • A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.
  • On Christmas Eve in 2001, the Bethlehem Hotel had 208 of its 210 rooms free.
  • It's "God rest ye merry, gentlemen," not "God rest ye, merry gentlemen."
  • There are 1.76 billion candy canes produced every year.
  • Kris Kringel, a man in his 40s, lives in North Pole, Alaska, and delivers pizzas for a living. He drives a 1984 Ford Tempo.
  • Based on a 1999 estimated population count of North America and Europe, on Christmas Eve of that year Santa Claus had to visit 42,466,666 homes in a 12-hour period -- that's 983 homes per second.
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