Christmas Fun Facts

We hit our deadlines early this week at Wordman Inc., so I asked our researchers to dig up some Christmas Fun Facts. They sifted through a few rarer volumes of the season’s lore with an eye for interesting and amusing tidbits.  I present their findings below with a “grain of ginger.”  While I can’t guarantee the veracity of these “fun facts,” I attest they come to you in a spirit of good will with hope that you and your loved ones find joy and peace enough this Christmas to last all year.  – jmoChristmasFunFacts

  • Ninety percent of all processed nutmeg in the U.S. is consumed in November and December, half of it in pumpkin pies.
  • Before Rudolph the Reindeer passed away at the age of 37, his nose had faded from a bright red to a pale mauve.
  • Mistletoe was first rejected as a pizza topping not because of its toxicity, but because of its taste.
  • Not all elves who work at the North Pole believe in the generosity of Santa Claus, and many have unionized.
  • The carol “Away in a Manger” was originally composed as a march for trombones.
  • In a 2013 survey, seven out of ten sugarplum fairies admitted to being at least five pounds overweight.
  • A new tax under consideration in Congress may force Santa to substitute recycled aluminum cans for lumps of coal in the stockings of naughty children.
  • The expression “nutty as a fruitcake” was coined in 1927, a year that saw bumper crops of walnuts and pecans.
  • In south central Pennsylvania, Amish arboriculturists have genetically engineered a self-illuminant fir that uses no electricity.
  • Once when the Starship Enterprise traveled back in time, the crew briefly mistook the star over Bethlehem for a Klingon vessel.
  • A ten-year-old lad in Saginaw, Michigan, says he would, indeed, prefer to get back his two front teeth for Christmas rather than receive a new Xbox.
  • The title of the film It’s a Wonderful Life (Or So It Seems) was shortened due to size limitations of many theater marquees in the 1940s.
  • According to the official, published list of People’s Top Christmas Peeves (2010), “dull scissors” ranks third, right behind “clove-flavored anything” and the expression “holly jolly.”

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