Unusual Christmas Facts | BLOGMAS

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Welcome to Blogmas day 10! I don't know about you, but I love learning new things. We've all heard the typical Christmas story one too many times ya know, Mary meets Joseph, the Virgin Mary becomes pregnant with God's child Jesus, blah blah, but what about the other things? The unheard of facts. Well strap yourselves in because I've collected a little list of facts that you may be interested in...


1. Mince pies, although now mainly vegetarian, in the Victorian ages they were actually made using beef & spices. 

2. The tradition of putting tangerines at the bottom of stockings actually comes from 12th-Century French nuns who used to fill socks with fruit & nuts and leave them outside the doors of the poor as gifts.

3. Many people think that Xmas is an irreligious abbreviation, but X actually means Christ in Greek.

4. Many theologians have estimated that Christ wasn't actually born on December 25th, but rather sometime in September. 

5. The song Jingle Bells was first named One Horse Open Sleigh and was originally written to celebrate Thanksgiving. 

6. After the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell actually banned Christmas from being celebrated from 1647 until 1660.

7. Christmas trees are actually edible (well, mostly), it's said that the needles are a great source of Vitamin C.

8. The word Christmas stems from the Old English 'Cristes Maesse' meaning 'Christ's Mass'.

9. The reason upside-down, artificial trees are sold is so that there is more room for presents under the tree. 

10. In 1947, Oslo sent London a Christmas tree as a gift to say thank you for our help in the second world war. 

11. Christmas pudding was originally soup with raisins and wine. 

12. Chocolate coins commemorate St Nicholas who used to give bags of gold coins to the poor.

13. The first Christmas to be celebrated in the UK was (apparently) in York in 521A.D.

14. It's actually a law in Greece, Italy, Spain & Germany that all workers should receive a Christmas bonus of one month's salary (and apparently I'm living in the wrong country!). 

15. Why green, red & gold? Green is a symbol of life & rebirth, red symbolises the blood of Christ and gold represents light, wealth & royalty.

16. The popular phrase "Bah Humbug" was almost "Bah Christmas", and the lovable character Tiny Tim was almost named Little Fred, until Charles Dickens changed them last minute. 

17. Christmas trees are usually grown for 15 years before they're sold.

18. Japanese people typically eat KFC as their Christmas dinner due to a very successful ad campaign from 40 years ago. 

19. In 350A.D., Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25th the official celebration date for the birth of Christ. 

20. Some zoos accept donated Christmas trees as food to feed their animals. 

21. For a large part of Sweden's population, it has been a tradition to watch Donald Duck cartoons on Christmas Eve since 1960. 

22. In 1867, a Boston industrialist heard Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and felt so moved by the story that he shut down his factory on Christmas Day, giving his workers the day off and also gifting them all a turkey.

23. Nearly all of the most popular Christmas songs were written by Jewish people, including 'Winter Wonderland' & 'The Christmas Song'. 

24. On Christmas Day in 1914, a truce was held between Germany & Britain. They decorated their shelters, exchanged gifts and crossed no man's land to play a game of football together. (I know everyone knows this one, but it's such a wonderful story)

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3 comments

  1. I think I preffer the version of mince pie we have nowdays! Hahaha xx

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  2. I love posts like this! They're so fascinating and you can always learn something new xx

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  3. If this is the case then I'm definitely living in the wrong country too!

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