By Paul Andrews

ISBN-10: 1782343490

ISBN-13: 9781782343493

This e-book is a short learn on Christmas proof you did no longer be aware of! What are the names of Santa's Reindeers? are you aware who made the 1st Christmas playing cards? discover those proof and extra during this fast learn truth e-book!

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In the year 1843, the first known Christmas card was printed in England for Sir Henry Cole. He did it to save time when sending out his Christmas letters. In the year 1907, Oklahoma became the last USA state to declare Christmas a legal holiday. In the year 1937, the first postage stamp to commemorate Christmas was issued in Austria it is believed. Since medieval times, church bells have been rung to announce to the world the coming of the saviour on Christmas morning. It is believed that the Christmas tree was first decorated with lights in the 16th century.

Mince pies are now mostly vegetarian, but where originally made with beef and spices. Carols began as an old English custom called wassailing, which was a way of toasting neighbours to a long life. It is believed that the world’s tallest Xmas tree which was 221ft high, was erected in a Washington shopping mall in 1950, in the USA. In 1999, people from the state of Maine in the USA, built the world’s biggest ever snowman to date. He stood at 113ft tall. Father Christmas, or Santa, is known by different names all around the world - Kriss Kringle in Germany, Le Befana in Italy, Pere Noel in France and Deushka Moroz (Grandfather Frost) in Russia.

An old wives tale, which is not true of course, states that bread baked on Christmas eve will never go mouldy! The first Christmas speech by the UK’ Queen was televised in 1957. The Christmas cracker as we know it was invented by a man called Thomas Smith. He originally imported small gifts to sell, but until he wrapped them in crackers he did not sell them. Ralph Morris invented the Christmas tree ‘string’ of lights as we know them now back in 1895. The song ‘Jingle Bells’, was originally called ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’ and was written by James Pierpont in 1857.

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