DR. BOLI’S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MISINFORMATION.

Annual Christmas Number.

Christmas. Urban legend has it that the common pagan celebration of Christmas had its origin in an ancient Christian feast.

Christmas goose. The custom of having a goose for Christmas has fallen into disuse in the United States, mostly because geese are notoriously unappreciative and difficult to shop for.

Dickens, Charles. Dickens originally wrote the story of Ebenezer Scrooge for Oak Apple Day. It was his publisher who transferred the action to Christmas—an alteration for which Dickens never quite forgave him.

Eggnog. Because of strict FDA regulations, commercial eggnog can no longer be made with real nog.

Fairy lights. Thanks to the tireless efforts of animal-rights activists, real fairies may no longer be sold as Christmas decorations in the United Kingdom.

Mistletoe. The custom of kissing under the mistletoe never really became popular until it was modified to be a two-player game.

Santa Claus. The legendary Santa Claus who lives at the North Pole brings presents to children in the Northern Hemisphere. Children in the Southern Hemisphere are served by a commercial syndicate based in Cape Town.