04 Dec Did you know?
Impress your friends and work colleagues this festive season with some interesting Christmas trivia.
Santa’s trademark costume originates from a soft drink company
Originally Father Christmas was dressed in a whole range of different outfits but in 1931 the Coca-Cola Company decided to use Santa Claus in their winter advertising campaign. Santa was put in the outfit we know so well today in the official trade colours of Coca-Cola (red and white).
Each year Australians send around 120,000 articles of mail to Santa Claus
Australia Post hires extra staff to help sift through the mail (which often contain dummies or cookies) and return a response. All correspondence to Santa Claus should be sent to NORTH POLE, 9999 with a return address if you want Santa to send a reply.
The biggest selling Christmas single of all time is Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’
Recorded in 1942, the song has sold in excess of 50 million copies worldwide
Why is ‘mince pie’ a sweet food when its name suggests meat?
Mince pies originated in the Middle Ages and the original recipe was meat – a mixture of finely chopped poultry, pheasant, partridge and rabbit. Later, sugar, apples, raisins, candied oranges and lemons were added and gradually the meat was left out.
The bend in the Christmas candy cane has a symbolic meaning
It was originally shaped that way to look like a shepherds’ crook, representing the humble shepherds who were first to worship the new-born Christ.
The abbreviation Xmas is derived from the Greek alphabet
The letter ‘X’ on Xmas is actually the Greek letter ‘chi’, which is the first letter of ‘Christos’, the Greek word for Christ.
The largest Christmas cracker in the world was pulled in Australia
The largest functional cracker was 55.45m long and 3.6m in diameter and was made and pulled at Westfield Shopping Town, Chatswood, Sydney in 1998.
You can eat your Christmas tree!
Many parts of common Christmas trees like pines, spruces and firs can be eaten and their needles are a good source of vitamin C