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Blogmas | Day 7

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A few fun Christmas fact’s you may or may not have known;

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Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzen, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely not male, but female or castrated.

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The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.

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Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.

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The British wear paper crowns while they eat Christmas dinner. The crowns are stored in a tube called a “Christmas cracker.”

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A Yule log is an enormous log that is typically burned during the Twelve Days of Christmas (December 25-January 6). Some scholars suggest that the word yule means “revolution” or “wheel,” which symbolizes the cyclical return of the sun. A burning log or its charred remains is said to offer health, fertility, and luck as well as the ability to ward off evil spirits.

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It is estimated that the single “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin is the best-selling single of all time, with over 100 million sales worldwide.

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Christmas stockings allegedly evolved from three sisters who were too poor to afford a marriage dowry and were, therefore, doomed to a life of prostitution. They were saved, however, when the wealthy Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna (the precursor to Santa Claus) crept down their chimney and generously filled their stockings with gold coins.

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The chances of a ‘White Christmas’ are just 1 in 10 for England and Wales, and 1 in 6 for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Before Turkey, the traditional Christmas meal in England was a pig’s head and mustard. Weird.

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In 1999, residents of the state of Maine in America built the world’s biggest ever snowman. He stood at 113ft tall.

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The Greeks celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the old Julian calendar, while Xmas presents are opened on New Year’s Day.

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Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of Vitamin C. Tasty.

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The holly in a wreath symbolises Christ’s crown of thorns while the red berries are drops of his blood.

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Astronomers believe the Star Of Bethlehem, which guided the wisemen to Jesus, may have been a comet or the planet Uranus.

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The Beatles hold the record for most Xmas number 1 singles, topping the charts in 1963, 65 and 67.

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And finally, the highest-grossing Christmas movie is 2000’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which has raked in 175million so far!

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Impress your family and friends over Christmas with these facts!

(Facts taken from www.factretriever.com & www.mirror.co.uk)

Sincerely Sophie x