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Published on December 25th, 2014 | by admin

12 Christmas Day Facts And Figures

We’ve been looking into some festive facts and figures that you may wish to digest before getting stuck into a Christmas lunch today.

Yule probably be surprised to know that:

  • The word Christmas comes from the Old English phrase ‘Cristes Maesse’ meaning ‘Christ’s Mass’
  • It was first celebrated in York in 521AD
  • To visit every child yesterday, Father Christmas would have had to travel at 3,000 times the speed of sound, visiting more than 800 homes per second!
  • Less than half of the world’s population celebrate Christmas (nearly 4 billion people)
  • Using the letter ‘X’ as an abbreviation is actually not at all irreligious as the letter ‘X’ is actually a Greek abbreviation for Christ
  • Mexico City has been certified by Guinness World Records as having the world’s largest ever Christmas tree standing at 110.35 metres (362 feet)
  • Whilst approximately 10 million are eaten in the UK at this time of year, Turkey hasn’t always been the traditional dinner enjoyed by millions of us – pig’s head and mustard, roast swan and pheasants were some of the preferred dishes going back in time
  • Before those needles fall off the Christmas tree they can actually be used in tea and provide a good source of vitamin A and C!
  • The first Christmas Stamps in the UK were issued in 1964 when Royal Mail ran a children’s competition to select the design
  • Christmas Pudding was originally a soup made with raisins and wine before the silver sixpence became a vital ingredient
  • Christmas crackers were created by Tom Smith in 1847 inspired by the design of sweet wrappers
  • Nearly 60 million trees are grown each year in Europe

May we wish you a very Happy Christmas from everyone here at the Post Office Shop.

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