Did you know…
…that ‘Jingle Bells’ was the first song ever sung from space – on December 16th1965 by astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra.
…that before roast turkey came along, the traditional yuletide meal consisted of pigs head and mustard. Yum for some…maybe!
…that in 1647, following the civil war, Oliver Cromwell made Christmas illegal! It was only reinstated in 1660.
…that the first televised Queen’s Speech was in 1957.
…that Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was created by Robert L May for US department store Montgomery Ward, as part of a seasonal colouring book promotion.
…that Santa has different names around the world including Kriss Kringle in Germany, Le Befana in Italy, Pere Noel in France and Deushka Moroz (Grandfather Frost) in Russia.
…that the names of all Santa’s reindeer are Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid, and Dunder and Blixem. Good pub quiz knowledge!
…that the last official white Christmas was just last year with 83% of UK weather stations reporting snow on the ground on the 25th December.
…that in the 2008/09 festive season there were 125 NHS hospital admissions after people were crushed, pushed or stepped on by a crowd while out shopping!
…that more than one in four pet owners have bought a Christmas stocking for their pet, rising to 39% among dog owners. Worrying!