It’s coming. There’s no stopping it. Christmas is almost here! Are you excited? Well, we are.
To help get you geared up for the big day, we’ve uncovered some interesting facts about Christmas, that will give you a whole new perspective of the festive season (and could also prove very useful during a game of Trivial Pursuits, or a quiz night). For example;
- Did you know that Santa would have to visit 822 homes per second to deliver presents to everybody’s home on this planet, travelling at 650 miles a second?
- Did you know that the tradition of putting tangerines into stockings comes from nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor in the 12th-century in France.
- Did you know that the ‘X’ in Xmas is a Greek abbreviation for Christ?
- Did you know that English people ate a pig’s head with mustard as their Christmas meal before it became tradition to have turkey?
- Did you know Father Christmas has loads of different names? Kriss Kringle in Germany, Le Befana it Italy, Pere Noel in France and Deushka Moroz (Grandfather Frost) in Russia.
- Did you know that there are 13 Santas in Iceland who all leave a gift each for every child? They come down from the mountains one by one from the 12th of December and have names like Spoon Licker, Door sniffer and Meat Hook.
So, what makes your perfect Christmas? Are you one for Christmas traditions; someone who loves the slap-up lunch with all the trimmings and crashing out in front of the EastEnders Christmas special? In our quest for discovering the perfect Christmas, we’ve learnt some amazing stuff about how Christmas is celebrated around the world. Including mind-boggling facts about where certain traditions come from. Let us know your favourite Christmas fun facts in the comments below!