6 Fun Christmas Facts You May Not Know

Horray, it’s December! Our office is buzzing with the excitement of the season and we hope your homes and work places are too! Only a few weeks till Christmas, and you know what that means: holiday parties. Whether it’s work related, friends and family gathering together, or volunteering at a local shelter, we’ve got you covered when it comes to fun conversation starters. Remember to hire home furnace replacement denver co just to be prepared for holiday season.

Here are a few fun facts about Christmas that you may not know:

1.) In Neuhausen, Germany resides the Löschner Family who apparently owns the largest nutcracker collection in the world totaling 4,334. It is said German craftsmen created the first decorative nutcrackers around 1800 as a way of mocking authority figures, leading to the phrase “a hard nut to crack.”

2.) The world’s largest Christmas stocking measured 106 feet and 9 inches long and 49 feet and 1 inch wide. It’s weight was equal to that of 5 reindeer and held around 1,000 presents. It was made by the Children’s Society in London in 2007.

3.) It wasn’t until June 26, 1870 that the United States declared Christmas an official holiday.

4.) In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.

5.) An average of 5,800 people end up in the ER after suffering injuries from holiday decorating (which is another great reason why you should let us handle the job).

6.) Santa didn’t always have a beard. Originally, 17th century Dutch settlers brought the iconic figure (based on the Dutch winter figure Sinterklaas) over as “tall, slender and very dignified” without the trademark beard we’re all used to seeing. During the latter part of the 19th century, political cartoonist Thomas Nast morphed the American perception of Santa into a jolly round man with a beard.