50 Quick Christmas Facts by Paul Andrews

By Paul Andrews

This booklet is a brief learn on Christmas evidence you did now not be aware of! What are the names of Santa's Reindeers? are you aware who made the 1st Christmas playing cards? discover those proof and extra during this fast learn truth publication!

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The Holly, with its sharp pointed leaves, symbolises the thorns in Christ’s crown-of-thorns. The Red berries symbolises the drops of Christ’s blood. A wreath at Christmas signified a home that celebrated the birth of Christ. Hanging a stocking on the fireplace started as a tradition around 400 years ago. It derived it is believed from the custom in Holland, of children placing wooden shoes or clogs, next to the fireplace hearth the night before the arrival of St. Nicholas. 04 metres in diameter.

Mince pies are now mostly vegetarian, but where originally made with beef and spices. Carols began as an old English custom called wassailing, which was a way of toasting neighbours to a long life. It is believed that the world’s tallest Xmas tree which was 221ft high, was erected in a Washington shopping mall in 1950, in the USA. In 1999, people from the state of Maine in the USA, built the world’s biggest ever snowman to date. He stood at 113ft tall. Father Christmas, or Santa, is known by different names all around the world - Kriss Kringle in Germany, Le Befana in Italy, Pere Noel in France and Deushka Moroz (Grandfather Frost) in Russia.

The Christmas Turkey as we know it, was imported into France by the Jesuits. An old wives tale, which is not true of course, states that bread baked on Christmas eve will never go mouldy! The first Christmas speech by the UK’ Queen was televised in 1957. The Christmas cracker as we know it was invented by a man called Thomas Smith. He originally imported small gifts to sell, but until he wrapped them in crackers he did not sell them. Ralph Morris invented the Christmas tree ‘string’ of lights as we know them now back in 1895.

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