Christmas is finally here! I myself love the holidays, from carolling to the gifts (which we all know are the best part!) There’s so much joy and happiness around at this time of year and so many traditions we all abide by so avidly however nonsensical they may seem but why? And who created all the images, characters and foods we all love? What’s the world’s most expensive Christmas tree? Well that’s what we’re here to find out! Here are 100 festive facts to get you ready for Christmas!
- Scientists figured out that for Santa to deliver all the world’s gifts on Christmas Eve he would need to visit 822 homes a second travelling 650 miles a second or 2340000 miles per hour (3765865 kph)
- For 13 years, between 1647 and 1660, Christmas was banned in the UK by Cromwell after the English Civil War.
- Our needley favourite, the Christmas tree, doesn’t need to be thrown away every year, some parts are edible including the needles themselves which are a source of Vitamin C.
- The holly inside a wreath actually represents Jesus’ Crown and the red berries represent his blood.
- In 2015, the world’s first Christmas card commissioned by Sir Henry Cole in 1843 sold for £8,469 ($10,513.84). The hand-coloured card pictured a family drinking wine.
- The star of Bethlehem that guided the wise-men is believed to be a comet or Uranus.
- Our favourite pudding, the Christmas pudding, was initially a soup made with raisins and wine.
- Edward Johnson invented the first electrical tree lights in 1882.
- The first Christmas was supposedly held in York, UK in 521AD.
- According to Biblical Scholars, Jesus was more than likely born in a cave not a stable as the tale says.
- The Christmas-card staple, the red robin, was originally a joke mocking postman who wore red tunics. These postmen were known as robins.
- Noel actually comes from the French phrase “les bonnes nouvelles” or “the good news”.
- Many peoples favourite carol “Jingle Bells” written in 1857 was actually written for thanksgiving and was called “on horse open sleigh!”
- Turkey wasn’t always the Christmas-go-to, England’s traditional meal of choice was actually a pig’s head and mustard.
- Santa Claus has worn many colours in his time including Blue, Green, white and Red. The red suit came about when Coca-Cola had an advertisement campaign in the 30’s.
- The word Christmas comes from the old English meaning Christ’s mass (Cristes maesse).
- The first Christmas crackers were made in London in 1847 by Tom Smith.
- The term “Boxing Day” is supposed to come from the money raised for the poor in church alms-boxes.
- The Beatles had Christmas number ones in 1963, 65 and 67, giving them the record for the most Christmas number ones.
- Rudolph isn’t as historic as we believe; it was actually created in 1938 by a US marketing company.
- The gold chocolate coins we receive at Christmas are to represent the gold St Nicholas supposedly gave to the poor.
- Czech Republicans are very supersticious, a table at Christmas must be made of even numbers otherwise the one without a partner will die.
- In 1942 Irving Berlin wrote White Christmas. The Bing Crosby version sold over 100 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling Christmas single of all time.
- In December 1965 Jingle Bells was the first song broadcast in space from Gemini 6.
- A white Christmas isn’t as unlikely as we all think in the UK, 1 in 10 is the chance of a traditional English White Christmas.