Looks like you know everything about the most amazing time of the year? In the mood of Christmas Day 2017 you have 10 facts to get even more ...

Looks like you know everything about the most amazing time of the year? In the mood of Christmas Day 2017 you have 52 facts to get even more ...

Speedy Santa

 American scientists have calculated that Santa has to make a second tour of 822 homes to distribute all gifts of the world to travel 650 miles on Christmas Eve.

Robins

Robins on cards were a joke 150 years ago when postmen wore red tunics and were named after them.

Mince Pies

Although now mostly vegetarian, in Victorian times, mince pies were made with beef and spices.

Tangerines

The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor.

Three Wise Men?

Despite the tale of three wise men paying homage to baby Jesus, the Bible never gives a number. Matthew's Gospel refers to merely "wise men".

Wassailing

Carols began as an old English custom called wassailing, toasting neighbours to a long life.

Carols

Carols weren't sung in churches until they were introduced by St Francis of Assisi in the 13th century.

Stockings

Hanging stockings out comes from the Dutch custom of leaving shoes packed with food for St Nicholas's donkeys. He would leave small gifts in return.

Angels Singing?

There is no reference to angels singing anywhere in the Bible.

Christmas Trees

Nearly 60 million Christmas trees are grown each year in Europe.

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