10 silly season facts you may not know

Good things come to those who wait

Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.


Did you know that tinsel was once made out of real silver? It was invented in Germany in 1610.

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells was originally written for Thanksgiving not Christmas, by James Pierpont in 1857.

Christmas meal tradition

The traditional Christmas meal in England before turkey was a pig’s head served with mustard.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day was originally celebrated in England, for the servants to the rich people. After Christmas, the servants “boxed up” all the left-overs from the rich people and brought them home.

Christmas horror stories

Telling scary ghost stories is an old Christmas Eve tradition that has died out in the past century.

Decorative mishaps

During the lead up to Christmas there are at least 15,000 people sent to the hospital from holiday-related decorating accidents.

Peace on Earth

In 1914 during World War I there was a now famous Christmas truce in the trenches between the British and the Germans. They exchanged gifts across a neutral no man’s land, played football together, and decorated their shelters. (Christmas Day truce in 1914. Opposing battalions downed weapons to mark the holiday Credit: PA)

Christmas hit written by 13 year old

Brenda Lee recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” when she was only 13 years old.

Italian festive feast

In Italy, Christmas dinner can last for more than 4 hours as most of the Italian families have more than 7 courses for dinner.

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