Ever wondered why on earth you’re standing kissing underneath the mistletoe, or which annoyingly catchy Christmas song has sold the most copies worldwide?
Well, you’re in luck. We’ve found out a load of random facts about Christmas – so next time you’re munching on a mince pie, you’ll know exactly how many are sold in the UK over the festive period…
- In Victorian times, mince pies contained fruits, spices and… meat!? We’ll stick to our usual, thanks!
- Nearly 60 million Christmas trees are sold in Europe every year.
- In England in the Middle Ages, the traditional Christmas meal was pig’s head and mustard.
- Xmas is a religious name – the X is an abbreviation for Christ in Greek.
- It’s a dog’s world! Seven out of 10 pampered pooches in the UK receive presents at Christmas.
- 370 million mince pies are sold in the UK over the festive period, and Brits will each consume an average of 27 mince pies.
- You can eat parts of your Christmas tree! For instance, the needles are a great source of vitamin C. Would you like some tree with that?
- The bestselling single of all time is Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, which has sold 50 million copies worldwide.
- The gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins we often receive at Christmas time commemorate St Nicholas, who gave bags of coins to the poor.
- The association of robins and Christmas started as a joke 150 years ago, when postmen wore red tunics and were named after them.
- The highest-grossing Christmas film of all time is How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, which also stole our hearts!
- Oslo has sent a Christmas tree to London every year since 1947, to say thank you to Britain for their help in the Second World War.
- Originally, Christmas pudding was a soup made with beef, mutton, raisins, currants, wines and spices.
- Kissing underneath the mistletoe at Christmas time may have evolved from Norse mythology in which the goddess Frigg (or Freya) proclaimed mistletoe to be the symbol of love and anyone standing beneath it would receive a token of love – a kiss.
KFC is the most popular thing to eat on Christmas day in Japan...we'd miss our roasties too much!