Wednesday, 15 December 2010


If you fancy being a bit geeky and knowledgable at parties and gatherings this year, here's a few facts about Xmas.......

  • The first president to have a Xmas tree in the White House was Franklin Pierce.

  • Tinsel was invented in Germany in 1610 and was made out of real silver.

  • Pope Julius I declared December the 25th as the official Xmas day in the 4th Century.

  • In 1647, the English Parliament passed a law that made Xmas illegal.

  • Hallmark introduced the first Xmas cards in 1915.

  • In the US, the Xmas season shows Visa cards alone are used over 5340 times every minute.

  • The first Xmas card created was on December 9th 1842 in England.

  • Santa Claus gets his name for Saint Nicholas, who in the 4th Century AD helped children and the poor by throwing gifts through their windows.

  • During Xmas, 1.76 billion candy canes are made worldwide.

  • Mistletoe was first used by druid priests 200 years BC.

  • The biggest selling Xmas song of all time is 'White Christmas' by Bing Crosby.

  • Traditional Xmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.

  • Each year 34-36 million Xmas trees are produced to cope with the holiday demand in the UK.

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