6 Fun Facts About Christmas!

Need a few “Did you Knows?” to get you through those awkward moments at holiday functions? We’ve got you covered!

Here are 6 fun facts that might have even the biggest trivia buff saying, Ho Ho Huh?

  1. KFC is the Christmas meal of choice in Japan. That’s right. In Japan, nothing says Christmas like a bucket of chicken. Its finger-licking popularity took hold there in the mid-seventies when KFC launched its “Kentucky for Christmas” campaign. At the time, there were no traditions for Christmas in Japan, so when KFC advertised that sharing a meal is how people celebrate being together at Christmas, the idea took off and kept going. Today, the tradition is so popular that you need to make dinner reservations two months in advance to dine in-store for Christmas.
  2. Coca-Cola rebranded Santa to red. Before Santa rocked the red-and-white suit that we know him for, he used to travel around the world in blue, white, and green. That, however, all changed in the 30s, when Coca-Cola began portraying Santa in their ads sporting a red and white outfit, which—of course—were their brand colours.
  3. It’s a Wonder Life tanked at the box office. That’s right. It wasn’t until 1974 when the movie’s copyright expired and television networks could air it for free that It’s a Wonderful Life became (and remains) one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time.
  4. “Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving song. You might know it as a Christmas classic, but James Lord Piermont wrote “Jingle Bells” for his church’s Thanksgiving concert in 1857. As years passed, it became more closely associated with Christmas and is now one of the most popular holiday songs ever. It was even the first song played in space!
  5. Candy canes date back to 1670! According to History.com, the tradition of bribing children with candy so that they’ll be quiet in church goes all the way back to 1670. As the story goes, the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany gave his youngest singers red-and-white sticks of candy to keep them quiet during the living crèche tradition on Christmas Eve.
  6. It’s Swedish custom to watch Donald Duck cartoons Christmas Eve. Since 1959, Swedes have been sitting down in front of their televisions for a family viewing of a show called Kalle Anka och hans vänner önskar God Jul (Donald Duck and His Friends Wish You a Merry Christmas). It’s so beloved a tradition that any time the network has attempted to so much as alter the show, public backlash has been swift and fierce.