20 Festive Holiday Trivia Facts to Decorate Your Place With

December seems like a confluence of holidays around the globe. Even if you don’t celebrate anything in December you’re probably going to have a tough time avoiding hearing anything at all about any December holiday. That means you might be looking for lots of trivia related to the holidays in your back pocket. Or you just like having lots of trivia, which is also fair. Anyway, here are some holiday trivia facts. Maybe you can decorate your place with them if you don’t plan on celebrating anything. Especially if that place happens to be the inside of your head.

20 Holiday Trivia Facts

1. Spiderwebs traditionally hold tidings of good fortune in Ukraine.

2. Because the Maccabean Revolt does not predate the Torah, Hanukkah doesn’t make an appearance in it. 

3. You can mail letters to Santa in Canada. Include a return address and you’ll even get a letter back. His official address is:

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4. Hanukkah’s menorahs symbolize the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. In order for this to happen, a candelabra had to be burned for eight nights, but there was only enough oil to burn for one night. The oil miraculously ended up lasting long enough though

5. Technically, both “Chanukah” and “Hanukkah” are correct spellings

6. Kwanzaa is not a religious celebration; it’s a cultural one.

7. Kwanzaa was also created in America.

8. “All I want for Christmas Is You” was written in like 15 minutes

9. The 12 Days of Christmas Amounts to like 364 presents. 

10. Thanks to inflation, the 12 Days of Christmas would probably run you over $45,500

11. Dōngzhì (冬至) is a celebration of the winter solstice commonly observed in China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Vietnam. The winter solstice marks the day where everyone, universally, becomes one year older

12. Over 200 Christmas movies and TV shows were made in 2021.

13. 40 of those movies were from Hallmark alone that year. Also, Hallmark Christmas movies make a lot of money.

14. Average holiday spending for Americans pushes $900

15. Sweden has a big Yule Goat

16. German Christmas trees in 1865 were made with goose feathers. Dyed green.

17. Remember how we were talking about how Hallmark makes like… a ton of Christmas movies? Yeah they take like two weeks to film.

18. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has a Santa tracker every year, dating back to 1958. They started because a kid called the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) once thinking they were talking to Santa

19. Eggnog dates back to European monks in the 13th century, who liked hot, spiced, and sweetened milk.

20. Soyal is observed by the Zuni and Hopi peoples, celebrating the reawakening of the sun after the winter solstice. There’s also a Palulukonuh, a large plumed serpent that is offered a meal so that it won’t eat the sun.

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