So, to commence, we thought we’d get the information slot out of the way. For those of you that might be having time off work, but not time off working – as I’m sure there are still jobs to be done at home, to follow are the opening times for the Christmas period for Forestrall Timber and Fencing Merchants.
Monday 24th December 7am – Midday
We are then closed until ………………
Thursday 27th December 7am – Midday
Friday 28th December 7am – Midday
We re-open again at normal working hours of
7am – 5pm on ………..
Wednesday 2nd January 2013
So, with that out of the way, how about some fun Christmas facts!
- Scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second. Way to go Santa!!
- In Victorian times, mince pies were made with beef and spices. Not really ideal with cream or custard then!
- The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor. Do you still put a stocking out for your children? Do you include the obligatory tangerine?
- Nearly 60 million Christmas trees are grown each year in Europe.
- Jesus was probably born in a cave and not a wooden stable, say Biblical scholars.
- Lots of people get annoyed at the abbreviation Xmas, however it isn’t irreligious. The letter X is a Greek abbreviation for Christ.
- The world’s tallest Christmas tree at 221ft high was erected in a Washington shopping mall in 1950.
- The chances of a white Christmas are just 1 in 10 for England and Wales, and 1 in 6 for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Who’s taking a bet for this year?
- Before turkey, the traditional Christmas meal in England was a pig’s head and mustard. Mmmm… Anyone thinking of reverting back to the old favourite?
- In 1999, residents of the state of Maine in America built the world’s biggest ever snowman. He stood at 113ft tall.
- Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of Vitamin C. Or you could just play it safe and eat the gold coins and chocolate Santa’s!
- The largest Christmas cracker – 45.72m long and 3.04m in diameter – was pulled in Australia in 1991.
- Santa has different names around the world – Kriss Kringle in Germany, Le Befana in Italy, Pere Noel in France and Deushka Moroz (Grandfather Frost) in Russia.
- The bestselling Christmas single ever is Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, shifting over 50million copies worldwide since 1942.
- In Britain, the best-selling festive single is Band Aid’s 1984 track, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, which sold 3.5million copies. Wham! is next in the same year with Last Christmas, selling 1.4million. Who do you think will be this years Christmas Number One?
- Since 1947 Oslo has sent a Christmas tree to London to thank us for our help in the Second World War.
- Christmas pudding was originally a soup made with raisins and wine.
- Boxing Day gets its name from all the money collected in church alms-boxes for the poor.
- The Beatles hold the record for most Xmas number 1 singles, topping the charts in 1963, 65 and 67.
- The highest-grossing festive movie is 2000’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which has raked in £175m so far. What will you be watching on Christmas Day?
- Gold-wrapped chocolate coins commemorate St Nicholas who gave bags of gold coins to the poor.
- In Greece, Italy, Spain and Germany, workers get a Christmas bonus of one month’s salary by law. We definitely think this is a great idea!
- In the Czech Republic they enjoy dinners of fish soup, eggs and carp. Does anyone fancy swapping their turkey and all the trimmings for this?
- Here’s one for all of us to look forward to – expect to spend an average of 2 hours and 27 minutes wrapping presents!
- And finally, in a poll to find out the best thing about Christmas, 86% of people surveyed rated spending time with family and friends as top of their list, with 7% quoting time off work, 3% food and drink and 2% presents. Which answer would you choose?
So, we’ll leave you with those facts, and hope to find you regaling them as your own expansive knowledge across the dinner table on Christmas Day.
May we take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We look forward to welcoming you to Forestrall Timber and Fencing Merchants in 2013.