Christmas for Fact Finders!

Interesting facts you never knew about Chirstmas


9 December 2016
Everyone at PHR wishes you the best of wishes for the Christmas season.
 
Originally robins appearing on cards were a joke dating back 150 years when postmen used to wear red tunics and were named after them.
 
Hanging stockings out at Christmas comes from the Dutch tradition of leaving shoes packed with food for St Nicholas’ donkeys, while putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th century nuns who left stockings filled with fruit and nuts for the poor.
 
In the 17th Century Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas puddings, mince pies and anything to do with gluttony – the law has never been changed so it’s technically illegal!
 
Santa has different names around the world – Kriss Kringle in Germany, Le Befana in Italy, Pere Noel in France and Deushka Moroz (Grandfather Frost) in Russia.
 
Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is the best-selling Christmas single Worldwide, while Band Aid’s
“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is the bestselling UK Christmas single. The Beatles have had the most number one singles, while Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is the only record to get number one twice.
 
Mistletoe is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads though bird droppings.
 
Some people claim the modern day image of Santa Claus was created by Coca-Cola in 1931, but the original red-suited Santa became popular in the US and Canada in the 19th century due to the influence of caricaturist and cartoonist Thomas Nast.
 
For a Christmas to be officially classified as “white” a single snow flake needs to be seen falling in the 24 hours of 25th December on the rooftop of the Met Office HQ in London.
 
Christmas in Numbers
 
£18 billion        withdrawn from UK cash machines over Christmas
 
£48 million       spent on Christmas puddings by the UK
 
60 million         Christmas Trees grown in Europe each year
 
£51 million       amount saved each year using discount voucher codes
 
10 Million         turkeys cooked in the UK every Christmas
 
8 million           natural Christmas trees sold in the UK, outselling artificial trees 3:1
 
6.8 million        iOS and Android devices activated on Christmas day
 
6 million           rolls of sellotape sold in the UK in the run up to Christmas
 
4.25 million      British people who will travel abroad for Christmas
 
2.34 million      miles an hour Santa would need to travel to visit every home
 
230,000           tonnes of food wasted at Christmas each year
 
62,824             record number of Christmas cards sent by a single person in a year
 
957                  typical number of calories in the average Christmas dinner
 
822                  homes Santa would visit every second to deliver the world’s presents.
 
£330                average a UK adult spends buying Christmas presents.
 
27%                 UK families that watch the Queen’s Speech.
 
16                    average number of Christmas presents a child receives in the UK
 
13%                 UK families that always attend church on Christmas Day.
 
1                      number of mince pies you should eat on each of the 12 days of Christmas for luck
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