Season’s greetings – and twelve festive insights!

December 20, 2017 News & Opinion

It’s amazing what you can find out about Christmas if you know where to look! Without getting too analytical about it, here are twelve insights* that we’ve pulled together – perhaps you can use a few to impress (or alarm) your friends and family over Christmas dinner!

With best wishes for the coming holiday to everyone associated with us during 2017, from everyone at Wood for Trees.

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*The following insights are drawn from various sources which cannot always be verified. They should only be trusted for the purposes of general festive merriment 😉

  • The first string of e l e c t r i c l i g h t s was created in 1880 by Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb
  • Around eight million Christmas trees and a staggering 370 million mince pies are sold each year in the UK
  • US scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve – while moving at about 650 miles per second
  • The first documented use of a decorated tree at Christmas was in the town square of Riga, the capital of Latvia, in the year 1510
  • The record number of Christmas cards sent by a single person in a year is 62,824. Today it would cost over £40,000 to send them by first class mail
  • The use of evergreen trees to celebrate the winter season predates the birth of Christ
  • In medieval times, mince pies contained spiced ox tongue and beef suet
  • An acre of Christmas trees provides 18 people with their daily oxygen needs
  • Mistletoe (Viscum album) is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads though bird droppings
  • Sprout fan Linus Urbanec from Sweden is the current world record holder for the most sprouts eaten in a minute. He managed 31 on 26th November, 2008
  • The amount of beer consumed in the UK over Christmas would fill 57 Olympic sized swimming pools
  • In the film ‘White Christmas’, the part of Betty is played by Rosemary Clooney – George Clooney’s aunt