It was on this day in 1888, that the painter Vincent Van Gogh famously cut off his own ear.
The story apparently is as follows. Vincent had read somewhere that his brother Theo was engaged to be married, and out of frustration that he was about to lose his 'best and most important friend', he sliced off a good part of his left ear.
He then wrapped it in paper and went to his local brothel, where he gave it to a cleaning girl, Gabrielle. He then returned home to bed and very nearly bled to death overnight.
So, today we remember poor Vincent, and his ear; I don't suppose he did a great deal of Christmas celebrating that year.