1Christmas in Japan
In Japan, eating Christmas dinner at KFC is so popular that two-hour lines form at some locations as people wait to get in.
2. The Christmas tree in London's Trafalgar Square had been given by the country of Norway every year since 1947. It is a token of appreciation for the friendship of the British people during World War 2.
3. A popular Christmas decoration in the Nordics, the Yule Goat, is a tradition going back to pre-Christian days. A popular prank was to place a goat made of straw in your neighbor's house without them noticing, and the victim would then repeat the act
4. In Japan, unmarried women in their late 20's were called "Christmas Cakes" because "after the 25th they're not good"
5. Toys R Us started the initiative of a 'quiet hour' in all its stores in the UK during Christmas. The initiative involved temporarily dimming the lights and switching off music and announcements, in order to help the autistic children shop for Christmas.
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6Artificial Christmas tree
Artificial Christmas trees were invented by a British toilet brush company in the 1930s. The company used the same machinery and bristles to make the trees as they used to make their toilet brushes
7. Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang was not allowed to bring reindeer jerky with him on board a shuttle mission as it was "weird" for the Americans so soon before Christmas. He had to go with moose instead.
8. There is a pill called "Father Christmas" that makes your farts smell like chocolate
9. During 1979 Christmas, Francisco Macías Nguema, the first president of Equatorial Guinea had 150 of his opponents killed. Soldiers dressed up in Santa Clause outfits and executed them in a football stadium while amplifiers played "Those Were the Days."
10. The actor who played the scientist (Peter Billingsley) from "In a cave with a box of scraps" scene in Iron Man was Ralphie from A Christmas Story. He was also one of the executive producers of the film.
Wham! donated all the royalties from "Last Christmas" released December 1984 to Ethiopia famine aid.
12. The film 'It's a Wonderful Life' was considered a box office failure upon release in 1946. A clerical error placed the film in the public domain in 1974 causing many local TV networks to play the film for free, popularizing it as a Christmas classic.
13. Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, two wealthy extremely entrepreneurs, sent each other gag Christmas gifts. Rockefeller sent Carnegie a cardboard vest to make fun of his poor childhood. In return, Carnegie sent a fine whiskey to Rockefeller, a devout Baptist who had given up drinking.
14. Al Jean (a writer and producer of The Simpsons) said if the series ever ends, he would like the final episode to end with the arrival of the Christmas pageant from the first scene of the pilot episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," making the whole series a continuous loop.
15. Every Christmas since 1952 the US Air Force has airdropped gifts over the islands of Micronesia, making it the oldest ongoing Department of Defense mission and the longest running humanitarian airlift in the world
During the Yule, one of the festivals which Christmas originated from, the Norse god Odin is believed to lead a ghostly procession called the Wild Hunt across the night sky, and undead drought will rise and walk the earth.
17. The voice of Charlie Brown from the original Christmas Special was sentenced to a year in jail for threatening and stalking his ex-girlfriend. The judge told him, "Don't be a blockhead".
18. For Christmas, Catalan children "feed" a hollowed-out log with a painted face, then later sing a song and beat the log with a stick until it defecates presents. The first line of the song is "Sh*t, log!"
19. Santa Claus is a Marvel character. He has powers that include teleportation and the ability to shape-shift, and he once saved the X-Men on Christmas Eve.
20. In the famous Christmas song 'Twelve days of Christmas' all the gifts total up to 364 presents, nearly one for every day of the year.
A struggling young Harper Lee once received one year's wages as a gift from a friend with the note: "You have one year off from your job to write whatever you please. Merry Christmas." She used her time off to write "To Kill a Mockingbird."
22. Norwegians pay half tax in November, so everyone has more money for Christmas.
23. Christmas tradition dictates that a man is allowed to kiss any woman standing underneath mistletoe and that bad luck will befall any woman who refuses the kiss. With each kiss, a berry is to be plucked from the mistletoe and the kissing must stop after all the berries have been removed.
24. American kids used to get radioactive toys for Christmas
25. The Paddington Bear stuffed toy was created by a business run by Shirley and Eddie Clarkson, Jeremy Clarkson's parents. Jeremy and his sister were given prototypes as Christmas presents. Jeremy later became a salesman for his parents' business, selling the stuffed toys.