8 Christmas Facts to get you Feeling Festive!

8 Christmas facts

The decorations are up, the mince pies are out and the Christmas jumpers are on as we count down to Christmas. We’ve scoured the internet for the best Christmas facts – sure to get you in the festive spirit!

So don’t be a grinch, have a read of these…

1. Santa’s reindeer are most likely female

Male Reindeers shed their antlers at the beginning of December when mating season ends, but the females keep theirs throughout December, making it most likely that Santa’s reindeer are female. Rosie the Red Nose Reindeer has a good ring to it don’t you think?

2. Eating Mince Pies is Lucky

Traditionally, you should eat a mince pie every day during the Twelve Days of Christmas as it will bring you good luck. We agree wholeheartedly with this tradition!

3. Christmas Trees are Teenagers

Christmas trees are usually around 15 years old before they’re sold. On average, three trees are planted to replace each one harvested.

4. Xmas or Christmas?

The abbreviation ‘Xmas’ isn’t a modern or anti-religious term, but comes from the abbreviated form of ‘Christ’ in Greek, ‘X’.

5. Santa Claus or Kriss Kringle?

Santa has many different names around the world, including Kriss Kringle (Germany), Le Befana (Italy), Pere Noel (France) and Deushka Moroz – translating to Grandfather Frost (Russia). They all sound magical!

6. The First Christmas

It is thought that Christmas was first celebrated way back in 521AD.

7. Happy Cristes Maesse!

The word Christmas comes from the Old English “Cristes maesse” meaning “Christ’s Mass”.

8. How many wise men?

No one knows where the number three comes from in relation to the Wise Men in a traditional nativity. There’s no mention of the number three in the Bible at all!

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