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Date: 18th Dec 2017

15 facts ‘yule’ love about Christmas…

  1. Germany made the first artificial Christmas tree out of goose feathers dyed green.
  2. Electric lights for Christmas trees were first used in 1895.
  3. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie.Victoria and Albert
  4. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer first appeared in a 1939 booklet written by Robert L. May and published by Montgomery Ward, the US department store.
  5. In Greek, X means Christ, which is how the word ‘X-mas’ came to be.
  6. Prince Albert brought the Christmas tree to England. He and Queen Victoria were sketched in front of a Christmas tree and the tradition instantly became popular.
  7. The largest Christmas cracker - 45.72m long and 3.04m in diameter - was pulled in Australia in 1991.
  8. Santa Claus comes from St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop living in Turkey in the 4th century AD. St Nicholas inherited a lot of money and so gave it away to help the needy. When sainted, he became the protector of children.
  9. One of the reasons we leave milk and cookies for Santa is because Dutch kids would leave food and drink for St. Nicholas on his feast day.
  10. Santa Claus has worn blue and white and green in the past, but his traditional red suit came from a 1930s ad by Coca Cola.
  11. US scientists calculated that Father Christmas would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the presents on Christmas Eve – that’s travelling 650 miles a second.
  12. 12th-century French nuns left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor – that’s where the tradition of tangerines in your stocking come from.
  13. Silent Night is the most recorded Christmas song in history, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978. The version sung by Bing Crosby is the third best-selling single of all-time.
  14. Meanwhile, Bing’s ‘White Christmas’ is the best-selling song of all time.
  15. Home Alone (1990) is the highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time pulling in $285.76 million.Coca cola truck

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