19 Christmas Traditions With A Surprising History

Christmas, for those of us who don’t work retail, is a joyous time of year, full of food, drink, and festivity. As a holiday that’s grown (with the helpful nudge of old-fashioned capitalism) into a bonafide industry, it comes with a bonafide truckload of traditions, old and new. Some, like the Elf on the Shelf, have been quietly terrifying ever since their inception. However, some traditions that at first glance are as wholesome as an unlikely animal friendship actually have a much more unsettling past.

Read on for 19 Christmas tradition facts guaranteed to bum out any group of carolers that knocks on your door!

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BEFORE COCA-COLA TURNED HIM INTO AN OBESE CARTOON, THE IMAGE OF SANTA DREW HEAVILY FROM THE NORSE GOD ODIN. ODIN OFTEN APPEARED AS A WHITE-BEARDED TRASource: History Daily

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19 Christmas Traditions With A Surprising HistorySource: Country Living

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19 Christmas Traditions With A Surprising HistorySource: Salon

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19 Christmas Traditions With A Surprising HistorySource: Catholic Magazine

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19 Christmas Traditions With A Surprising HistorySource: Time

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19 Christmas Traditions With A Surprising HistorySource: Smithsonian Magazine

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19 Christmas Traditions With A Surprising HistorySource: Washington Post

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19 Christmas Traditions With A Surprising HistorySource: History

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19 Christmas Traditions With A Surprising HistorySource: Smithsonian Magazine

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19 Christmas Traditions With A Surprising HistorySource: Songwriters Hall of Fame

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19 Christmas Traditions With A Surprising HistorySource: Wall Street Journal

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19 Christmas Traditions With A Surprising HistorySource: History Museum of Western Virginia

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19 Christmas Traditions With A Surprising HistorySource: How Stuff Works

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19 Christmas Traditions With A Surprising HistorySource: MentalFloss

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19 Christmas Traditions With A Surprising HistorySource: History

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19 Christmas Traditions With A Surprising HistorySource: Snopes

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