Odd Holiday Facts

Casey BartoDid you know that Christmas celebrations were once declared illegal in England? Or why the New Year’s Eve ball in Times Square was created in the first place?
Read on for more interesting, wacky, and marketing related holiday facts. (And happy holidays!)

Christmas

English parliament passed a law in 1647 that made Christmas celebrations illegal. Puritan Oliver Cromwell considered the feasting and celebrations on the holy day to be immoral. As a result, anyone caught celebrating the holiday was arrested. The ban was lifted 13 years later when the Puritans lost power.

Christmas became a national holiday in the United States in 1870.

The 12 days of Christmas actually begin on sundown on Christmas Eve and run through January 5th.

Hanukkah

The Dreidel once served a more serious purpose. When the Syrians forbade study of the Torah, Jews who studied in secret kept spinning tops handy. This way, if they were found studying, they could quickly pretend that they had only been playing.

New Year’s Eve

The first Time’s Square New Year’s Eve Ball was used in 1907. It came about as a result of a ban on fireworks, weighed 700 and had 100 25-watt light bulbs.

Marketing Holiday Facts

According to Forrester Research, 70% of online holiday buyers say they purchased online instead of in stores because deals online were better.

Display ads running on Black Friday through Cyber Monday have a 32.6% higher engagement rate than the average, according to Rhythm New Media.

Want more? You can check out additional odd facts at factmonster.com here and at weirdfacts.com here.

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