Day 4 21 SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY
DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST CHRISTMAS 4th December 2018
I say I didn’t know that last Christmas but may be some bits I did. But maybe you didb’t, hopefully.
1 The first commercial Christmas cards were commissioned by civil servant Sir Henry Cole in London in 1843. Featuring a family drinking wine, one sold for £8,469 in 2014.
2 Robins on cards started as a joke 150 years ago when postmen wore red tunics and were named after them.
3 It’s technically illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day in England. In the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas pudding, mince pies and anything to do with gluttony. The law has never been rescinded.
4 The chances of a White Christmas are just 1 in 10 for England and Wales, and 1 in 6 for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
5 The abbreviation Xmas isn’t irreligious. The letter X is a Greek abbreviation for Christ.
6 During the 20th century there were only seven official white Christmases in the United Kingdom. The chances of a White Christmas in London this year? 6%.
7 According to data gathered from Facebook, two weeks before Christmas is one of the two most popular times for couples to break up; one would guess to avoid buying presents. Christmas Day is the least popular.
8 The Beatles hold the record for most Christmas number 1 singles with FOUR, topping the charts in 1963, 64, 65 and 67. Cliff Richard (1960, 1988 and 1990) and The Spice Girls (1996, 1997 and 1998) have three each
9 The first song ever broadcast was a Christmas Carol. On Christmas Eve, 1906, the Canadian inventor Reginald Fessenden (1866-1932) played “O Holy Night” on the violin and sang the final verse while broadcasting from his Brant Rock radio tower in Massachusetts.
10 In a recent Yahoo poll, users voted the most popular Christmas film of all time as Home Alone, with The Muppet Christmas Carol second, and It’s a Wonderful Life third.
11 In Home Alone 2 – Lost in New York, future president and all-round plonker Donald Trump makes a (thankfully brief) appearance when Kevin first arrives at the Plaza Hotel. Other than that, it’s a pretty good film. Macauley Caulkin earned $4.5 million from the movie.
12 During the Christmas period, nearly 28 Lego sets are sold EVERY SECOND
13 During the Christmas of 2010, the Colombian government covered jungle trees with lights. When FARC guerrillas (terrorists) walked by, the trees lit up and banners asking them to lay down their arms became visible. 331 guerrillas re-entered society and the campaign won an award for strategic marketing excellence.
14 According to research carried out by Jarlsberg cheese (of all things), the strain of cooking the big Christmas dinner sees the average Brit start to sip their first alcoholic drink at 11.48am.
15 230,000 tonnes – The amount of wasted Christmas food that is thrown away each year.
INSPIRATIONAL CHRISTMAS QUOTE FOR THE DAY
May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas eve.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOK
- Little Robin Red Vest by Jan Fearnley (Author)
- Dinosaurs Go Christmas Shopping by Timothy Knapman (Author), Sarah Warburton (Illustrator)
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOK For 5+ READERS
Christmas Days – Jeannette Winterson
A RADIO TIMES CHRISTMAS COVER
Match of the Day Annual 2019
The Holly And The Ivy
Miracle on 34th Street  /Miracle on 34th Street  /Miracle on 34th Street 
DO SOMETHING IN PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS
Write and post Christmas Cards Latest Posting Dates Royal Mail 1st Class Thu, 20th December 2018 & 2nd Class Tue 18th December 2018
HAPPINESS AT CHRISTMAS IS…
Happiness at Christmas is…logs on the fire and gifts on the tree
GRANDAD’S CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE OF THE DAY
What athlete is warmest in winter? A long jumper!
AT CHRISTMAS LOVE IS…
At Christmas Love is…a Christmas wish
CHRISTMAS TRACK OF THE DAY
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
Highest Chart Position: No.6 27th December 1962
A CHRISTMAS ALBUM
WHAT DAY IS IT?
Tuesday 4th December 2018
Wear Brown Shoes Day
World Wildlife Conservation Day
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