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(Maybe Random) Facts: Wonderful Holidays Edition
The Swedish equivalent of Santa Claus is Jultomten. Literally translated, the word “Jultomten” means Christmas Brownie. However, in Tamil Nadu, India, Santa Claus is called Christmas Thatha. This means Christmas Grandpa.
Guess what? This year, Christmas and Hanukkah are on the same day! Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the Maccabee brothers' rebel army over Greek King Antiochus IV during the 2nd century B.C.E.
Have you ever heard of the classic Christmas tradition Elf on a Shelf? Well, there was recently a new Jewish equivalent of Elf on a Shelf presented on Shark Tank. The company’s founder, Neal Hoffman, calls the tradition Mensch on a Bench.
Sick of taking out the garbage? Well, be prepared because the average household waste increases by 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. In the United States, trash from wrapping paper and shopping bags total four million tons every year.
Given the different time zones, Santa has 31 hours to deliver all his presents. He has to visit 823 homes a second.
The USPS, FedEx, and UPS deliver a total of 20 billion cards and packages every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
You know, decorating for the holidays can be extremely dangerous. An average of 5,800 people end up in the ER every year from holiday decorating injuries.
According to data analyzed from Facebook posts, two weeks before Christmas is the most popular time to break up. The second most popular time for couples to break up is Spring Break. However, Christmas is the least popular day for breakups.