Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Facts

Electric Christmas lights were first used in 1854.
The famous Christmas carol, ‘Silent Night’ was first sung as part of a church service in Austria. A guitar was used due to the fact that the church organ was so badly rusted, it couldn’t be played.
Not everyone opens their Christmas presents on Christmas day. For example in Greece they open them on New Year’s Day.
There are364 gifts mentioned in ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’.
Scientists in the USA calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s present on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second.
Carols were not sung in churches until they were introduced by St Francis of Assisi in the 13th century. 

The traditional Christmas meal in England, before the current turkey, was a pig’s head and mustard.
Some parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of Vitamin C.
The word Christmas derives from the Old English ‘Cristes maesse’, which means ‘Christ’s Mass’.
The first Christmas celebrated in the United Kingdom is thought to have been in York in 512 AD.
The first commercial Christmas card was produced and sold in London in 1843.
People in the USA buy 25-30 million real trees and 8-12 million artificial trees to decorate each year.
For many countries, Christmas is the single largest annual economic stimulus.

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