Saturday, 23 November 2013

Christmas factoids - 2013

Father Christmas has 2 addresses, one in Edinburgh and one at the North Pole.  Letters to Toyland or Snowland go to Edinburgh, and letters to the North Pole are sent there, because it exists.  (oh yes it does)
 
There is no reference to angels singing anywhere in the Bible.

The abbreviation Xmas isn't irreligious. The letter X is a Greek abbreviation for Christ.

IN 1647, after the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell banned festivities. The law wasn't lifted until 1660. Old Scrooge!!



Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of Vitamin C.
Anyone willing to try it?  (thought not)

Christmas pudding was originally a soup made with raisins and wine. mmmm yummy :(



There are 13 Santa's 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..  Sounds charming.


Many European countries believed that spirits, both good and evil, were active during the Twelve Days of Christmas. These spirits eventually evolved into Santa’s elves.

  In Poland, spiders or spider webs are common Christmas trees decorations because according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. In fact, Polish people consider spiders to be symbols of goodness and prosperity at Christmas.
    Mistletoe (Viscum album) is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads though bird droppings. Just remember that when you kiss someone *


Images & facts from Google

 Rosa Lily L

7 comments:

  1. Fab Christmas facts, thanks for sharing xx

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  2. ha ha love all your Christmas facts! Hope Santa visits you rather than door sniffer or meat hook! Julie x

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  3. Thanks for sharing those wonderful facts. You have really made me smile.
    Ali x

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  4. Love the facts that you have shared! Thank you! Jille x

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  5. Fab facts. Can't eat the Christmas tree cause I am allergic to pine resin. Have to wear rubber gloves when I do the christmas dec!

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  6. Really enjoyed that - thank you! Struggling to get in the Christmas mood this year and that certainly helped!! XX

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  7. Those pieces of info are so cool - I'll try some of them out in school tomorrow.... xx

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