Did you know Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer was originally a promotional tool for Montgomery Ward Department Store? Or how about that Martin Luther may have been the first person ever to put lights on a Christmas tree? No? Well, that’s why you need to watch the above video immediately.

Put together by the highly underrated YouTube channel Mental Floss, the clip outlines 27 different winter holiday traditions and gives the viewer background information on each of them. Not surprisingly, they’re almost all fascinating. Here’s my favorite:

Christmas Carols almost disappeared during the 1600s and 1700s thanks to fanatical Puritans who wanted no part of them, but by the 1800s, their influence largely died down and more moderate Christians got back on board in a big way.

The more and more popular John Green gets, the more concerned I get that he’ll eventually stop doing hysterical and informative YouTube videos. By all accounts, he absolutely loves them and uses them as a way to keep up with his brother who is all about YouTube too, but at the end of the day, Vlogs are still quite a bit less flashy than giant Hollywood productions and New York Times Bestselling books.

Regardless, if you’re interested in checking out some more hilarity Green and Mental Floss have already combined for, I will go ahead and embed another episode below. This one covers phrase origins and will give you at least fifteen hot facts you can pull out during conversations with people you want to impress in the future…

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