Christmas Cards in Victorian England were bizarre to put it mildly. Featuring dead birds, frogs murdering one another, sinister snowmen and others.
An Arizona man found a balloon with a Christmas list for Santa while out hiking. He tracked down the 8-yr-old Mexican girl who released the balloon and fulfilled her wishlist.
For 25 years, two brothers re-gifted each other the same pair of pants, in increasingly inventive and difficult packaging, including a 600lb safe, a double-glazed window, a 16-foot rocket ship, and a crushed car, with a card that read “Merry Christmas, the pants are in the glove box”.
Most of the popular Christmas songs, including “White Christmas”, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, and “Let it Snow” were all written by Jews.
Jolabokaflod is a Christmas Eve tradition in Iceland where friends and family get together to exchange books and then they all read them together while eating chocolate and drinking cocoa.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was first published as a giveaway for the department store Montgomery Ward in 1939. The story was initially rejected because, in 1930s pop culture, a bright red nose was closely associated with chronic alcoholism and drunkards.
Every Christmas, the US Air Force performs Operation Christmas Drop – airdropping toys and other presents to children who live on remote Pacific islands.
Aluminum Christmas trees were a real fad from the late 1950s to the early 1960s until ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ killed the fad by portraying the trees negatively.
In 2013 tech retailer GAME released an affordable £2 ($2.64) Christmas dinner in a can for hardcore gamers who spend their Christmas playing games online and don’t want to leave their chair.
On December 16, 1965, NASA received a prank transmission from two astronauts: “We have an object, probably in polar orbit… I see a command Module and and eight smaller modules in front. The pilot of the command module is wearing a red suit.” They then started playing, “Jingle Bells”.