It’s no secret among friends and family that we’re nuts for Christmas traditions, decorating our house from wall to wall and immersing ourselves in local holiday celebrations.

But even we didn’t know much about the various Christmas traditions around the world until we began researching this story. Hope you’ll find these 60 fun Christmas facts as fascinating as we did!

The origins of Christmas can be traced back to ancient pagan celebrations such as Deus Sol Invictu s (observed Dec 25), the Kalends (Jan 1-5), and Saturnalia (Dec 17-23). The Christian Church disapproved of these festivals and co-opted the holidays by declaring Dec 25 as Jesus’ birthday.

It began in 1942 with a single tree. Today, the Museum’s beloved annual celebration features a four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree, surrounded by a forest of more than 50 trees and displays decorated by volunteers to represent the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. On the weekends, you can also enjoy live holiday performances. It’s the one-of-a-kind experience that brings a whole world of holiday joy under one roof.

While for many, the Christian festival means attending mass, sharing presents and enjoying traditional feasts, for others it is more about surfing in Santa hats or joining friends and family for a dip in an ice cold lake.

Egyptians look at Santa Claus toys in a Christmas decoration shop, on the eve of Christmas, while the capital is on high-security alert, in Cairo, Egypt December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

A statue of the baby Jesus on a bed of bullet shells is seen in a Nativity scene outside the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, Italy, December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

It’s no secret among friends and family that we’re nuts for Christmas traditions, decorating our house from wall to wall and immersing ourselves in local holiday celebrations.

But even we didn’t know much about the various Christmas traditions around the world until we began researching this story. Hope you’ll find these 60 fun Christmas facts as fascinating as we did!

The origins of Christmas can be traced back to ancient pagan celebrations such as Deus Sol Invictu s (observed Dec 25), the Kalends (Jan 1-5), and Saturnalia (Dec 17-23). The Christian Church disapproved of these festivals and co-opted the holidays by declaring Dec 25 as Jesus’ birthday.

It’s no secret among friends and family that we’re nuts for Christmas traditions, decorating our house from wall to wall and immersing ourselves in local holiday celebrations.

But even we didn’t know much about the various Christmas traditions around the world until we began researching this story. Hope you’ll find these 60 fun Christmas facts as fascinating as we did!

The origins of Christmas can be traced back to ancient pagan celebrations such as Deus Sol Invictu s (observed Dec 25), the Kalends (Jan 1-5), and Saturnalia (Dec 17-23). The Christian Church disapproved of these festivals and co-opted the holidays by declaring Dec 25 as Jesus’ birthday.

It began in 1942 with a single tree. Today, the Museum’s beloved annual celebration features a four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree, surrounded by a forest of more than 50 trees and displays decorated by volunteers to represent the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. On the weekends, you can also enjoy live holiday performances. It’s the one-of-a-kind experience that brings a whole world of holiday joy under one roof.

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