In researching material for this countdown, I stumbled across loads of facts and figures about Christmas. Here’s just a sampling:
- 20,000,000,000+: cards and packages delivered between Thanksgiving and Christmas
- 10,000,000+: turkeys gobbled up on Christmas Day
- 822.6: homes Santa would have to visit per second to deliver all his gifts in one night
- 70%: dogs who get Christmas gifts from their owners
- 47%: people who throw away any fruitcake they receive during the holidays
- 25: years the average fruitcake remains edible
- 10%: Christmas gifts broken by New Year’s Day (only 40% make it to March and only 25% are in one piece by the next Christmas)
Here’s one fact that left me feeling sad: a survey found that fewer than 1 out of 8 adults were able to give correct answers to basic questions about the Christmas story. Even sadder, fewer than 1 in 14 of those between the ages of 18-24 got ’em right.
Don’t let that happen to you. Make sure you know the true Christmas facts. Here’s one account, based on the testimony of multiple eyewitnesses:
In those days, Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:1-14)
(Sources: U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Census, Theos, ISACA, Snopes.com, Docstoc.com, Egodialogues.com. Image credit: Shutterstock.com)