A giant snowman named Snowzilla is created every year in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2008, the city attempted to stop the creation of Snowzilla, and on Christmas morning there were sign-carrying snowmen “protesting” that attempt in front of city hall.
Every Christmas since 1952 the US Air Force has airdropped gifts over the islands of Micronesia, making it the oldest ongoing Department of Defense mission and the longest running humanitarian airlift in the world.
In Iceland books are exchanged on Christmas Eve and you spend the rest of the night reading. Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country; & new books are typically published only during the Christmas season. This frenzy is called Jólabókaflóð, or “Christmas Book Flood.”
The most popular Christmas dinner tradition in Japan is to eat fried chicken from Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Amidst the chaos of WW1, a German unit tried to leave their trenches under a flag of truce on Easter Sunday, 1915. However, they were warned off by the British troops that opposed them.
Sammy Nahas, a 38-year-old electrician from Staten Island, has spent over $100,000 on Christmas decorations in the last three years. This year alone, he estimates spending around $60,000. The season isn’t all cheery and bright for Nahas. After finalizing a divorce three years ago, he said that Christmas Day actually became the most depressing day of the year for him. But once it’s over, he starts planning for next year.
In 1965 two astronauts on their way back to orbit played a joke on mission control, pretending to spot Santa in space.
When Christmas first began, the celebrations included getting intoxicated, having sex, and singing naked in the streets (the origin of modern Christmas caroling).
ABC has been cutting scenes from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to make room for more commercials.
In 1974 sociologist Phillip Kunz sent 600 Christmas cards randomly to people he didn’t know. He got more then 200 replies, including people sending pictures of their families, diplomas and new homes.