Christmas is coming!
“The best way to spread Christmas is cheer singing loud for all to hear”. Buddy the Elf
The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us , get out your stockings, dust off your sledges, for Christmas is almost here again and the magic is spreading throughout Scotland faster than you can say Rudolph.
Do They Know It’s Christmas Time At all ?
When Christmas comes to town we eat drink and be merry all season long, but there is much more to Christmas than meets the eye. Christmas is my favourite time of year, so l decided to share with you all some fun (some being totally bizarre) facts about the holiday season, so kick back, relax and come in from the cold , and listen to the facts of the Christmases of old.
” Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall”.
Nothing beats the smell of pine floating round your living room. As soon as December hits ( sometimes late November) family’s dig out the decorations for Santa and adorn the tree with baubles, tinsel and candy canes, its a time of togetherness and family bonding. Here are some fun facts about Christmas tress you might not know about:
- Nearly 60 million Christmas Trees are grown each year in Europe.
- 8 million natural Christmas trees are consumed by the UK each year.
- In the UK, natural Christmas trees outsell artificial Christmas trees by a ratio of 3:1.
- Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of Vitamin C.
- Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they’re sold.
- On average, three Christmas trees are planted to replace each one harvested.
”One thing I love about Christmas music is that it has a tradition of warmth”.
One of my earliest memories of Christmas was going round to my gran and grandpas house, indulging myself in mince pies and hot chocolate, and my grandpa would set up his old record player and we would here old classic Christmas songs from many of the greats like Bing Crosby, Old Blue eyes Frank Sinatra and of course Dean Martin. I am sure many of you feel the same, Christmas music fills me with joy and warmth, and the feeling of nostalgia takes hold.
Here are some fun facts about Christmas song:
- The bestselling Christmas single ever is Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, shifting over 50 million 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.
- The Beatles hold the record for most Christmas number 1 singles, 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.
- Paul McCartney earns £250,000 a year off his Christmas song, which is widely regarded as the worst song he ever recorded.
- Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is the only record to get the UK Christmas Singles Chart Number One twice, once in 1975 and again in 1991. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” was number 1 three times (1984, 1989 and 2004), but technically it was by different groups, so doesn’t count.
- Mel Tormé’s “The Christmas Song” (more commonly known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”) was written during a summer heatwave in 1944.
Christmas At The Movies
” Seeing isn’t believing. Believing is seeing”.
– The Santa Claus (1994)
Nothing beats a good old fashioned Christmas movie, all bundled up in blankets, popcorn at your side, nothing gets you more excited for Christmas than that.
Here are some facts about some of your favourite Christmas movies:
- 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.
- Like so many other Christmas movies, Home Alone slips in a reference to another Christmas classic: while (most) of the family is in the hotel room in France, they’re shown watching It’s a Wonderful Life.
- The ugly photo of Buzz’s girlfriend is actually a boy because director Chris Columbus thought it would be too cruel to make fun of a real girl. The boy used in the picture is the art director’s son.
- Love Actually didn’t start out as a holiday movie, but director Richard Curtis loves Christmas films and really wanted to make one of his own.
- In the movie ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas,’ ,the film used 1,938 candy canes, 8,200 ornaments, 45 make up artists, 443 different outfits and 152,000 pounds of crushed marble that was used to imitate snow.
- The Grinch suit is covered in yak hairs that were dyed green and sewed onto a spandex suit one by one.
- For one week during The Santa Clause’s box office run in 1994, Tim Allen had the number one movie, the number one TV show (Home Improvement) and the number one best-selling book (Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man).
Christmas Food Facts
“The holidays, the only time eating less and eating more are equally appealing, and calories fail to exist”.
-everyone on the planet
Mouths watering, expendable trouser worn, Christmas dinner is every ones favourite time of the day on Christmas. After labouring a way in the kitchen all day, there is nothing more satisfying than watching the family tuck in to your delicious meal.
Here are some interesting and delicious facts about Christmas dinner :
- 57- the number of Olympic sized swimming pools that could be filled with the beer consumed in the U.K over Christmas
- 230,000 tonnes- The amount of wasted Christmas food that is thrown away each year
- 957- The typical number of calories in your average Christmas dinner
- £48,000,000- The total amount spent on Christmas pudding by the U.K
- Christmas pudding was originally a soup with raisin and wine
Wonderful World Records
“World Records are only borrowed”.
- Sebastian Coe
There is a world record for anything these day and Christmas is no different. From the tallest tree, biggest light display and even the biggest Secret Santa, these should hopefully surprise and amaze you as you wait for the holiday season to arrive.
- 32.56 metres – The length of the longest ever Christmas Stocking. It was also 14.97 metres wide.
- According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.
- In 1999, residents of the state of Maine in America built the world’s biggest ever snowman. He stood at 113ft tall.
- 30,000 – The number of participants in the largest ever Secret Santa, organised by Reddit in 2012.
- The most expensively dressed Christmas tree was valued at just under £7,000,000 and was erected and displayed by the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 16 to 29 December 2010.
- The most lights lit simultaneously on a Christmas tree is 194,672 and was achieved by Kiwanis Malmedy and Haute Fagnes in Malmedy, Belgium, on 10 December 2010
Hopefully these fun facts have gotten you into the Christmas spirit, and if you are also looking for something to do this holiday season let us help you spread the magic . For more information on the magical event we have on this year, please visit: www.newlanark.org, call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected].
Remember to have a wonderful and magical Christmas this year!
Craig- New Lanark Marketing Intern