Christmas has been celebrated world wide for near on 4000 years and along the way this festive time of year has picked up some weird and wonderful traditions.
Did you know?
Christmas pudding is sometimes known as plum pudding, as pre-victorians called raisins ‘plums’. In 1714, King George I – sometimes known as the Pudding King – requested that plum pudding be served as part of his royal feast in his first Christmas in England.
Although now mostly vegetarian, in Victorian times, mince pies were made with beef and spices.
Christmas pudding was originally a soup made with raisins and wine.
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was invented for a US firm’s Christmas promotion in 1938.
The first Christmas celebrated in Britain is thought to have been in York in 521AD
Every year more than 3 million people will go and see a Christmas pantomime! Laying head to foot, those people could stretch 3000 miles around the world!
The highest-grossing festive movie is 2000’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which has raked in #175m so far
45% of the population of the world celebrate Christmas so Santa needs to visit 842,000,000 houses this year.
Scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second.
On average you spend a total of 2 hours and 27 minutes wrapping presents!
The largest Christmas cracker was 45.72m long and 3.04m in diameter.
Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of Vitamin C. Might as well skip the turkey this year eh!
Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.
Kissing under the mistletoe is thought to spring from Frigga, the Norse goddess of love, who was associated with the plant.
Gold wrapped chocolate coins commemorate St Nicholas who gave bags of gold coins to the poor.
27% of pet owners have a photo of their pet taken with Santa and 40% buy a Christmas stocking for their dog.
And one in four dog owners sign their pet’s name on Christmas cards.
The bestselling Xmas single ever is Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, shifting over 50million copies worldwide since 1942.
The Beatles hold the record for most Xmas number 1 singles, topping the charts in 1963, 65 and 67. And in 1967 The Beatles also visited Watergate Bay!
All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.