5. George W Bush sent the most Christmas cards from the White House in 2002, sending 1.5 Million cards out.

 

 

4. The tradition of sending Christmas Cards began with a lazy Englishman.

 

In 1843, wealthy English businessman Sir Henry Cole had forgotten or not left enough time to write Christmas letters to his friends and colleagues wishing them well. So he instead commissioned an artist to draw a scene of friends raising a glass in toast with a message of well wishes below. He printed cards en masse and sent them instead.

3. Coca Cola made Santa fat.

Saint Nick had been depicted as tall, short, elf like and any number of other ways until 1930′s Coca Cola advertisements depicted him as a fat, jolly man with a large white beard and a red suit. Since then, that image of Santa Claus has persisted and become the basis of most modern depictions of the fat man. Someone should have told him about all the sugar……

2. Rudolph the Red Nosed reindeer started life as a promotional product – A colouring book story to be handed out by a department store Santa to be precise. According to Snopes.com there is one of “those” email going around stating that a father wrote the story for his young daughter to help her get through the passing of her mother (due to a terminal illess). The story has elements of truth; the man who wrote Rudolph did have a daughter he “tested” his story on, and his wife did have a terminal illness around the time of the writing, but the reason for writing the story was simply because his boss asked him to. A nice side of the story is that the copyright to the story (first held by the advertising company) was eventually passed to the authour after his wife’s passing to help ease his financial problems.

1. Jesus’ birthday was not the 25th of December. There is no reference in the Bible to the actual date of Jesus’ birth, and given the descriptions of the farming activity going on (baby animals etc), it was probably a spring birth.

 

The Catholic Church chose the 25th of December for the Feast of the Nativity in the 4th century.

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