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It is estimated that 400,000 people become sick each year from eating tainted Christmas leftovers.
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It's time for a special all-holiday installment of trivia. So, in between decking your halls and wassailing, why not stuff these in your stocking?

Santa's North Pole home faces south.

It is estimated that 400,000 people become sick each year from eating tainted Christmas leftovers.

More diamonds are purchased at Christmas time (31 percent) than during any other occasion during the year.

An artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees. A spider web found on Christmas morning is thought to bring good luck.

Kris Kringle is German for "Christ's Child."

According to the experts, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter—usually late November to mid December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, every single one of them had to be a female.

Alabama was the first state to legalize the celebration of Christmas.

In Norway, on Christmas Eve, all the brooms in the house are hidden. Norwegians long ago believed that witches and mischievous spirits came out on Christmas Eve and would steal their brooms for riding.

During the Christmas buying season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute in the United States.

"Silent Night" was first played on a harp.

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Forty percent of Americans say they expect to gain weight during the winter holiday season.
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The first electric Christmas tree lights were lights from a telephone switchboard.

Forty percent of American adults say they expect to gain weight during the winter holiday season.

In Britain, the Holy Days and Fasting Days Act of 1551 (which hasn't been repealed) states every citizen must attend a Christian church service on Christmas Day, and must not use any kind of vehicle to get to the service.

In 1907, Oklahoma became the last U.S. state to declare Christmas a legal holiday.

Poinsettias are the most popular Christmas plant and are the number one flowering potted plant in the United States.

In Syria, Christmas gifts are distributed by one of the Wise Men's camels.

Charles Dickens took a mere six weeks to write "A Christmas Carol."

There is a town named Santa Claus in Indiana.

More than three billion Christmas cards are sent annually in the United States.

Barnum's Animal Crackers and their distinctive box were introduced in 1902 as a Christmas ornament. The box's string was designed so the box could be hung as a Christmas ornament. The box still sports the string.

Dutch children don't put out stockings at Christmas time—they use shoes.

"Jingle Bells" was originally written as a song for Thanksgiving.

In the cartoon that first depicted Santa Claus with a sleigh and reindeer, by Thomas Nast, Santa was delivering Christmas gifts to soldiers fighting in the US Civil War.

In France, Christmas is called Noel.

During the Christmas/Hanukkah season, more than 1.76 billion candy canes are made.

In Japan, people believe Christmas Eve is a good day to eat strawberry shortcake and fried chicken.

In 1856, President Franklin Pierce decorated the first White House Christmas tree.

In Caracas, Venezuela' capital, it's customary for the streets to be blocked off on Christmas Eve so people can roller-skate to church.

According to one survey, 70 percent of dogs in Great Britain receive Christmas gifts from their owners.

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According to one survey, 70 percent of dogs in Great Britain receive Christmas gifts from their owners.
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In Greek legend, malicious creatures called Kallikantzaroi sometimes play pranks at Christmas time. According to the legend, to get rid of the pests, you should burn either salt or an old shoe.

Experts claim that an average of only nine minutes are spent by the average parent playing with his or her children on Christmas morning.

"Hot Cockles" was a popular Christmas game in medieval times. In the game, players took turns striking the blindfolded player who had to guess the name of the person delivering each blow.

The average American household wraps 30 Christmas gifts each year.

According to a Gallup poll, 29 percent of Americans found the Christmas holidays more stressful than enjoyable.

When writing "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens considered several names before using Tiny Tim. Other possible names for the character were Small Sam, Little Larry and Puny Pete.

In Brazil, Christmas is celebrated with fireworks.

The first Christmas greeting card is believed to have been designed in England in 1843 by an artist named John C. Horsley for a friend, Sir Henry Cole.

It is a British Christmas tradition that a wish made while mixing Christmas pudding will come true only if the ingredients are stirred clockwise.

America's official national Christmas tree is located in King's Canyon National Park in California. It's a giant sequoia called the "General Grant Tree," and is more than 300 feet tall.

According to one study, an average of 10 hours are spent during the last week of December bickering with family members about holiday-related activities.

Charlie Chaplin died of natural causes on Christmas Day, 1977, in Switzerland.

When Robert Louis Stevenson, author of "Treasure Island," died on December 4, 1894, he willed his November 13th birthday to a friend who disliked her own Christmas birthday.

An average American household will mail 28 Christmas cards each year.

If you do the math, a total of 364 gifts are given during "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

Christmas trees are grown much like any other agricultural crop. About 112,000 acres in the northwest United States are planted with about 11 million trees.

In Guatemala, Christmas day is celebrated on October 31st.

Nearly one in four people claim to have more headaches during the Christmas season than any other time of the year.

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