By Paul Andrews
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There have only been seven white (as in it snowed) Christmas days in England. The Christmas Turkey as we know it, was imported into France by the Jesuits. An old wives tale, which is not true of course, states that bread baked on Christmas eve will never go mouldy! The first Christmas speech by the UK’ Queen was televised in 1957. The Christmas cracker as we know it was invented by a man called Thomas Smith. He originally imported small gifts to sell, but until he wrapped them in crackers he did not sell them.
It is believed that the Christmas tree was first decorated with lights in the 16th century. It is said that Martin Luther, the Protestant reformer, was the first to add lighted candles to the tree. The tradition of the wreath begun in the 17th century. The Holly, with its sharp pointed leaves, symbolises the thorns in Christ’s crown-of-thorns. The Red berries symbolises the drops of Christ’s blood. A wreath at Christmas signified a home that celebrated the birth of Christ. Hanging a stocking on the fireplace started as a tradition around 400 years ago.
Ralph Morris invented the Christmas tree ‘string’ of lights as we know them now back in 1895. The song ‘Jingle Bells’, was originally called ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’ and was written by James Pierpont in 1857. Mince pies are now mostly vegetarian, but where originally made with beef and spices. Carols began as an old English custom called wassailing, which was a way of toasting neighbours to a long life. It is believed that the world’s tallest Xmas tree which was 221ft high, was erected in a Washington shopping mall in 1950, in the USA.
50 Quick Christmas Facts by Paul Andrews