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Weird Wednesday: ‘Twas the night before the night before…

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Facility Management, FacilityBlog, Friday Funny, Topics

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Published on December 23, 2009 with No Comments

Here are some unusual tidbits about traditions associated with the Christmas tradition.

In the Middle Ages, Boar’s head used to be a traditional Christmas dish. This custom started when a bear attacked a university student and he saved himself by ramming a book of Aristotle’s writings down its throat. The bear choked to death and then he cut off its head and brought it back to his college.

Christmas Eve in Japan is a good day to eat fried chicken and strawberry shortcake. (Obviously, I need to live in Japan. These are two of my favorite foods.)

Although many believe the Friday after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year, it is not. It is the fifth to 10th busiest day. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the two busiest shopping days of the year.

New York City’s Empire State Building’s world famous tower lights are turned off every night at midnight with the exception of New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and St. Patrick’s Day, when they are illuminated until 3 a.m.

Saint Nicholas of Myra, the original Santa Claus, was the patron saint of children, thieves and pawnbrokers.

53% of Americans plan to “re-gift” this year.

1 in 3 men will wait until Christmas Eve to finish their shopping; additionally, 1 in 6 men would like to get rid of all the “gift-giving nonsense.” (Gee, I wonder why?)

On Christmas Eve in 2001, the Bethlehem Hotel had 208 of its 210 rooms free.

Based on a 1999 estimated population count of North America and Europe, on Christmas Eve of that year Santa Claus had to visit 42,466,666 homes in a 12-hour period — that’s 983 homes per second.

Is it true that Christmas only became a legal holiday in England and America late in the 19th century? Before then people were expected to go to work on Christmas Day. Find out the real answer by taking the Christmas Gullibility Test.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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