90 Festive Facts About Christmas You’ll Definitely Want To Know

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76Ghost stories tradition

Telling "scary ghost stories" is an old Christmas Eve tradition that has died out in the past century


77. Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax was a devout Christian who refused to celebrate Christmas because he thought it was a pagan holiday


78. On Christmas 1066, when William the Conqueror was crowned king of England, people cheered so loudly that the guards outside attacked people and houses near to Westminster Abbey were burned down in a riot.


79. President Bill Clinton said he would personally pay the bill to keep the National Christmas Tree lit during the government shutdown resulting from disagreements on the 1996 federal budget


80. The majority of popular Christmas songs were written by Jews


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8114-month payroll

In Spain, employees get 14 monthly paychecks a year (a double pay in Christmas and summer)


82. The 10-year-old singer of "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas" got her wish and donated it to the local zoo


83. The charging bull sculpture on Wall Street was itself installed as an act of guerrilla art - as a "Christmas gift to the people of New York" by the artists in 1989.


84. Christmas trees can be recycled. Louisiana uses them to build shoreline fences to reduce erosion and form new marshes.


85. A Finnish Christmas film called Rare Export in which Santa Claus is a killer monster


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86Dog and/or Cat meat

Up to 3% of Switzerland's population of 8 million (240,000 people) eat dog and/or cat meat. It is most popular during the Christmas holidays.


87. During Christmas time in Newfoundland, people called mummers dress up in crude disguises and go from house to house. At each house they visit, they start dancing, playing music, and get wasted drunk while the hosts try to discover their true identities.


88. Ellen and William Craft were slaves from Macon, Georgia who escaped to the North in 1848 by traveling openly by train and steamboat, arriving in Philadelphia on Christmas Day. She posed as a white male planter and him as her personal servant


89. Mormon missionaries (The ones in the suits and backpacks) can only call home twice a year: once on Mother's Day and again on Christmas.


90. Puritans started a "War on Christmas" in the 17th Century, considering it hedonistic and heretical.

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