12 Weird Christmas Traditions (for the 12 Days of Christmas)
by Joey Green

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Santa Champ
During the Santa Claus World Championships, held in Samnaun, Switzerland, teams of Santa Clauses from around the world compete against one another in chimney climbing, snowball fighting, sledge racing, donkey trekking, and Santa skiing—in the hope of capture the title “Santa Claus World Champion.”

Holy Rollers
On Christmas Eve, the streets of Caracas, Venezuela are blocked off so people can roller-skate to church.

Jingle Jewish
Eight of the top ten Christmas songs of all time were written by Jewish people, including the most popular Christmas song ever—“(I’m Dreaming of a) White Christmas,” by Irving Berlin. Other beloved Christmas songs written by Jewish people include “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting by an Open Fire),” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”

Why So Jolly?
In 2005, Santa Claus topped a list of the world’s richest fictional people compiled by Forbes magazine, which estimated his net worth at infinity—followed by Daddy Warbucks (with $27.3 billion), Richie Rich (with $17 billion), and Lex Luther (with $10 billion).

Yes, Virginia, You Can Clean a Toilet with a Christmas Tree
In the nineteenth century, London entrepreneurs made the first artificial Christmas trees from green raffia, the twin used to make grass hula skirts. The Germans followed suit by fashioning fake tabletop trees from goose feathers dyed green. Ultimately, in the 1930s, the Addis Brush Company used its toilet brush weaving machinery to create pine-like branches for its popular version of the artificial Christmas tree.

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Copyright © 2012 Joey Green. All rights reserved.
Reprinted from The Huffington Post.

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