Its hard to believe that Christmas is a mere 7 days away, and love it or hate it, unless you literally live under a rock, it is pretty impossible to avoid it. Come the 1st of December, walk into most malls, and you will here renditions of carols blaring over the PA system, and tinsel and baubles adorning every available space.
I suppose for those who loathe Christmas, the same songs each year may become tedious and the reruns of the same movies could be grating. But for most, it is easy to get in the ‘Christmas Spirit’ and embrace the season and all it brings.
Have a little look through our 20 pieces of Christmas trivia and test yourself.
Did you know….?
1. The most popular Christmas Song of all time is “A White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
2. Santa checks his ‘naughty or nice’ list TWICE
3. Santa has 8 reindeers named: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. Rudolph was only added in the 20th-century.
4. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, is the only reindeer able to help Santa navigate his sleigh on that ‘one foggy Christmas Eve’.
5. Although most of Santa’s reindeers have fairly masculine names, male reindeer actually shed their antlers around Christmas each year. This means that it’s most likely Santa’s sleigh is pulled by female or castrated reindeer!
6. Santa Claus is also known as : Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Santa, Santy, Kris Kringle, Kristingle and Christingle.
7. Santa lives at the North Pole where Elves produce all the presents in Santa’s workshop.
8. Santa gets back up a chimney by ‘laying his finger aside his nose, and giving a nod up the chimney he rose’.
9. Eggnog originates from England.
10. The Grinch is rumoured to have stolen Christmas.
11. An angel is the most popular item to place at the top of a Christmas tree.
12. Although in modern day nativity there are Three Wise Men, the bible does not actually specify the number.
13. If you received all the gifts listed in the 12 Days of Christmas, you would receive 364 presents!
14. Traditionally you stand under Mistletoe to give and receive a kiss, but did you know that the translation of Mistletoe is ‘Dung on a Twig”. Sadly, a few centuries back, people apparently observed that mistletoe tended to take root where birds had left their droppings. Charming…..makes me feel romantic, how about you!?
15. Charles Dickens’ most famous Christmas tale is ‘The Christmas Carol’, however did you know that he wrote other Christmas themed stories annually, but they never received the acclaim of his first.
16. It is still believed in England that eating a mince pie on each of the Twelve Days of Christmas will bring 12 months of happiness. Now that’s something worth trying I say!
17. The Pointsettia is the most common Christmas flower in the U.S.A, Mexico and Central America. Pointsettias are available in white, pink and red.
18. On average it takes approximately 7 years for a Christmas Tree to grow to size, although it can take up to 15 years!!
19. The first artificial Christmas tree was made from dyed goose feathers by the Germans.
20. In Greek, X means Christ and that is where the abbreviation for Christmas as “Xmas” comes from!
As the Christmas countdown begins, the team at Florist with Flowers wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Stay safe