Christmas facts Saint Nicholas of Myra, the original 'Santa Claus', was the patron saint of children, thieves and pawnbrokers! Based on previous surveys, 17% of you will embarrass yourselves in some way at your office Christmas party- if you don't work, then it will be at another party lolol. A Mongolian wild ass can run 8 mph faster than a reindeer. It's 'Donder', not 'Donner'. (I think this was talked about on another recent post) Christmas pudding should be stirred from east to west. (does this mean counter-clockwise or clockwise, or side to side, or --???) 56% of Americans sing holiday carols to their pets. 53% of Americans plan to "re-gift" this year. 1 in 3 MEN will wait until Christmas Eve to finish their shopping. 1 in 6 MEN would like to get rid of all the "gift-giving nonsense." (I'm betting from the answers on the survey I posted, that women aren't far behind...) A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard. On Christmas Eve in 2001, the Bethlehem Hotel had 208 of its 210 rooms vacant. It's "God rest ye merry, gentlemen," not "God rest ye, merry gentlemen." There are 1.76 billion candy canes produced every year. Kris Kringel, a man in his 40s, lives in North Pole, Alaska, and delivers pizzas for a living. --He drives a 1984 Ford Tempo. 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!