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Christmas Tidbits You May Not Have Known

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  • Christmas time is the most popular time for popping the question.
  • Two thirds of us don’t like our Christmas lights to blink.
  • Lithuanians use straw to decorate their Christmas trees.
  • People in Poland hang ornaments depicting birds.
  • In Denmark, Danish flags are used to decorate the tree.
  • In the Ukraine, spider webs are hung on the tree for good luck.
  • In Germany, a glass pickle is hung on the tree Christmas Eve, the first to find it Christmas morning receives a special gift.
  • Animal crackers were designed with a string handle so they could be hung on the Christmas tree.
  • The baby Jesus isn’t suppose to be put in the Nativity scene until Christmas morning.
  • 6% of us refuse to stand in line to purchase anything.
  • Men get bored with shopping after just 26 minutes, women take two hours.
  • The average female will spend 12 minutes, 57 seconds in a store.
  • The average man will only spend 9 minutes, 39 seconds in a store.
  • Men like stores with dark wood and white walls, women like light wood and white walls.
  • The average shopper visits nine stores before completing their gift list.
  • Only 4% of shoppers buy gifts on Christmas Eve, 3% finish up on Christmas Day.
  • 22% of people will return their unwanted gifts within two days, 60% within a week.
  • 79% of children will be up before 8 am Christmas morning, 51% get up before 7 am.
  • 81% of us open our presents on Christmas Day, 19% Christmas Eve.
  • The number one treat left by children for Santa is cookies, carrots is number two.
  • The number one destination for a getaway Christmas is Orlando, New York City is second.
  • The song we love the most during Christmas is Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas.”  Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” is second.
  • The reason people kiss under the mistletoe is because during ancient times it was believed to be an aphrodisiac.
  • In medieval times, they used to play a game called “Hot Cockles.”  Players would take turns striking a blindfolded player, who then had to guess the name of the person delivering each blow.

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