1. Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system. :-0
2. The “true love” mentioned in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does not refer to a romantic couple, but the Catholic Church’s code for God. The person who receives the gifts represents someone who has accepted that code. For example, the “partridge in a pear tree” represents Christ. The “two turtledoves” represent the Old and New Testaments.
3. A Yule log is an enormous log that is typically burned during the Twelve Days of Christmas (December 25-January 6). A burning log or its charred remains is said to offer health, fertility, and luck as well as the ability to ward off evil spirits.
4. Each year there are approximately 20,000 “rent-a-Santas” across the United States. “Rent-a-Santas” usually undergo seasonal training on how to maintain a jolly attitude under pressure from the public. They also receive practical advice, such as not accepting money from parents while children are looking. They should also avoid eating garlic, onions or beans for lunch!