Unusual Facts About Christmas: When Celebrating Xmas Was A Crime And Jesus's Actual Birthday

09/12/2014 10:59 GMT | Updated 09/12/2014 16:59 GMT

Another day, another Christmas-related article.

But this time, folks, we're armed with facts. And we're not afraid to use 'em...

1) Did you know that two weeks before Christmas is the most popular time for couples to break up? That's round about now... Unsurprisingly, Christmas day is the least likely day.

2) In Indiana, America there's a town called Santa Claus. So cool.

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3) Santa was originally a pale, thin chap because he was based on St. Nick. Now, because of the infamous Coca Cola advertising campaign, Santa is red-robed, a little on the tubby side and super beardy.

4) Despite the tale of the 'three wise men', the Bible never actually specified how many there were.

5) Over half of pet owners in America will buy Christmas gifts for their furry friends this year - cat teepee anyone? On average, they spend roughly £30 ($46).

6) Washington Irving created the image of Santa's sleigh.

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7) From 1659 to 1681, it was a crime to celebrate Christmas.

8) Much like the Santa Claus that we've come to know and love, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is the product of advertising for a department store. He was created in 1939.

9) The Bible doesn't actually specify a date for Jesus's birth. But historians believe that he was actually born in spring.

10) To visit every child on Christmas Eve, Santa would have has to travel at 3,000 times the speed of sound, visiting roughly 800 homes per second.

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