Monday, 5 December 2011

Funny Christmas Facts (amaze your friends)

Many of us use Xmas as a shortened version.  The letter X is a Greek abbreviation for Christ.

BEFORE turkey, the traditional Christmas meal in England was a pig's head and mustard.
(Yum yum)

Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of 
Vitamin C.  Just dont tell Health and Safety.

SANTA has different names around the world - Kriss Kringle in Germany, Le Befana in Italy, Pere Noel in France and Deushka Moroz (Grandfather Frost) in Russia.  To most children his name is DAD.

CHRISTMAS pudding was originally a soup made with raisins and wine. 

 LONDON sweetmaker Tom Smith created the first Christmas crackers in 1847, based on the sweet wrapper design.
 SANTA Claus comes from a Dutch folk tale based on Saint Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, who gave gifts on December 6.

BOXING Day gets its name from all the money collected in church alms-boxes for the poor.
 KISSING under the mistletoe is thought to spring from Frigga, the Norse goddess of love, who was associated with the plant.
THERE are 13 Santas in Iceland, each leaving a gift for children. They come down from the mountain one by one, starting on December 12 and have names like Spoon Licker, Door Sniffer and Meat Hook.

 RUDOLPH the red-nosed reindeer was invented for a US firm's Christmas promotion in 1938.

ROBINS on cards were a joke 150 years ago when postmen wore red tunics and were named after them.  Sorry NOT this Robin.

This Robin !

 ALTHOUGH now mostly vegetarian, in Victorian times, mince pies were made with beef and spices.

The first Christmas celebrated in Britain is thought to have been in York in 521AD.



  1. Ah many thanks for that - excellent research ma'am

  2. oh my goodness where did you find out all this, brilliant post x

  3. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing these brill facts x

  4. Thank you once again! You have done my work explaining, I love that you read my mind (short read lol) so very faraway...And a Very Merry Christmas to you & yours Penx♥

  5. Great post :) also loving your festive background!

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  6. what an interesting post! i always wondered why boxing day was so called and who knew you could eat christmas trees! love the names of the santas in Iceland!

  7. That was absolutely brilliant; both informative and entertaining. I will go to bed a little less foolish than before thanks to you! I lived two years in Greece and I did NOT know about the X representing Christ in Greek!

  8. Brilliant Factoids! Really enjoyed reading them while chewing at the Christmas tree! lol x


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