10 Yuletide Facts about Christmas to impress your family with on Christmas Day!
1) Not many of us get tangerines or satsumas in our stockings anymore. However, the tradition first began in 12th-Century France where nuns would leave socks full of fruits, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor.
2) According to tradition, you should actually eat one Mince Pie on each of the 12 days of Christmas in order to bring good luck! Best get down to the shops for some more mince pies then!
3) Red, Green and Gold have long been the symbol of Christmas, but how come? Green symbolises life and rebirth, red symbolises the blood of Christ and gold represents light as well as royalty.
4) In Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, he originally wrote Ebenezer’s line as Bah Christmas instead of Bah Humbug.
5) In a recent survey done by Yahoo, the most popular Christmas film of all time is Home Alone, followed by the Muppet Christmas Carol and then It’s a Wonderful Life.
6) Santa Claus is known by many different names all around the world including Kriss Kringle in Germany and Pere Noel in France.
7) KFC is traditionally the food of choice for Christmas dinner in Japan. KFC successfully launched a marketing campaign over 40 years ago and it has remained a popular choice ever since. So much so, that customers need to place their Christmas orders 2 months in advance!
8) In Poland, spiders around Christmas are known as symbols of prosperity and goodness. Spiders and spider webs are actually often used as Christmas tree decorations because of this.
9) Tinsel was invention in Germany in 1610 and used to be made of real silver!
10) Finally, did you know that Jingle Bells is the most popular Christmas song, however it was actually written for Thanksgiving and not Christmas.