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Sunday 16 December 2018

Did you know...

On December 16th, 1965 'Jingle Bells' became the very first song to be broadcast from space!

The surpise rendition of this Christmas classic was played by Gemini 6 crew members Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra

The astronauts had even smuggled a tiny harmonica (measuring 2.5cm and sleigh bells on board in preparation.

Come back tomorrow!

Every day until Christmas Day, we will be sharing a Christmas fact.

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Saturday 15 December 2018

According to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association it takes about 10 – 12 years for a 6ft Christmas tree to grow.

It takes a lot of work and pruning to ensure the trees mature successfully.

Some of the biggest corncens for tree farmers are: invasions of red spiders, weeds and hungry rabbits in the winter months!

Friday 14 December 2018

Today is Christmas Jumper Day!

Launched by Save the Children in 2012, Christmas Jumper Day exists to raise money and awareness for children who are in need.

All you have to do is stick on your favourite Christmas jumper and donate £2 to Save the Children.

Let's make the world a sweater place!

Thursday 13 December 2018

Every year, since 1947, the people of Norway have gifted a Norwegian spruce Christmas tree to the people of the UK in gratitude for the support they gave Norway during World War II.

The tree is generally 50 – 60 years old and chosen with great care, usually many years before it is to be used. Before being felled the tree is dubbed the 'queen of the forest' and is then shipped to the UK.

It is decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion and displayed in Trafalgar Square until just before the Twelfth Night of Christmas.

God Jul!

Wednesday 12 December 2018

If you add together all of the gifts given in the 'Twelve Days of Christmas' you get a monumental 364 gifts!

184 of which are birds.

That's true love…

Tuesday 11 December 2018

Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' is the world's best-selling single, with estimated sales in excess of 50 millions copies.

Written by Irving Berlin, Crosby didn't see anything too special about the song at the time.

However, it stayed at the top of the Billboard charts for 11 weeks and also won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1942, for its appearance in 'Holiday Inn'.

Any chance of a White Christmas this year...?

We're dreaming too, Bing.

Monday 10 December 2018

Tinsel was invented around 1610 in Germany and was originally made of thin strips of real silver.

However, silver tarnished quickly and was expensive to produce so was soon replaced by other sparkly metals such as aluminium and eventually plastic.

Shiny!

Sunday 9 December 2018

The UK Brussels Sprouts industry is worth a whopping £650 million!

The area of the country covered by Brussels Sprouts fields is the equivalent to 3,240 football pitches.

Delicious…

Saturday 8 December 2018

Written in 1857 by James Pierpont, 'Jingle Bells' was originally called 'One Horse Open Sleigh' and written to celebrate Thanksgiving, not Christmas.

The Christmas version we know and love was reissued two years later.

Oh what fun!

Friday 7 December 2018

This year, there are 7.7 billion people living all around the world.

Although not everyone celebrates Christmas, we're sure that the elves will have been working extra hard this year to keep up with the ever-increasing number of 'Believers'.

Keep going, guys and gals!

Thursday 6 December 2018

Today is St Nicholas Day, which is observed in many Western Christian countries on the 6th December each year.

Last night in Germany, many children will have placed a boot or shoe outside their bedroom doors.

This morning, they will hope to find that 'Nikolaus' has filled it with sweets and presents... and not coal!

Fröhliche Weihnachten!

Wednesday 5 December 2018

The world’s first commercially produced Christmas card was introduced in 1843.

It was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole and was designed and illustrated by John Callcott Horsley.

It included various scenes of charity and also, controversially at the time, depicted three generations of family drinking wine.

Cheers! (hiccup)

Tuesday 4 December 2018

The Beatles are the only act to have four UK Christmas number ones.

They were top of the charts in 1963, 1964, 1965, and 1967.

Fab Four.