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Surprising Christmas facts you’ve never heard before

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Christmastime is full of different traditions, young and old. Did you know these interesting facts about the most wonderful time of the year?

 

There’s a reason we deck the halls with green, red, and gold at Christmas time! Green is a symbol of life and rebirth, while the red symbolises the blood of Christ, and gold celebrates light and wealth.

 

Before baubles and tinsel people decorated trees with apples. This is a medieval tradition, and is meant to represent Adam and Eve’s creation and fall.

 

Apples were used to decorate Christmas trees in the Middle Ages.
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By the end of the song ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ the singer’s ‘true love’ had given 364 presents! 

 

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The character of Santa Claus goes back hundreds of years, but his iconic red suit only came about in the 1930s when the Coca Cola Company re-dressed him for an advertisment.

 

Coca Cola are responsible for the red suit Santa wears.
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The highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time is How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey – wow!

While Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, theologians don’t think his birthday is actually the 25th of December, but rather sometime in September.

 

The largest Christmas cracker ever pulled was in Buckinghamshire, England in 2001. Over 60 metres long, it was 4 metres tall and even went ‘bang!’. Before 2001 Australia held the record with a 45 metre long cracker made in 1991.

The largest Christmas cracker was 60 metres long
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