11 things about Christmas you DEFINITELY didn’t know

Christmas is 9 days away, folks. NINE. We are so ready. The presents are wrapped, the tree chocolates have been eaten (soz) and we’ve had our stockings out and ready for like a month.


But you might be surprised about where some of the weird Christmas traditions we buy into every year have actually come from…

The first Christmas tree recorded as being in Britain was in 1444.


Santa’s red outfit has nothing to do with Coca Cola at all.


The original recipe for brussel sprouts recommending putting them on toast.


‘Jingle Bells’ was originally written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas.


Before turkey the traditional English Christmas dinner was a pig’s head and mustard.


Christmas was banned in England between 1647 and 1660 under Oliver Cromwell’s rule.


The first record of Christmas is from 334AD.


Some artificial Christmas trees are sold upside down to fit more presents underneath them.


The Norwegian city of Oslo donate the Trafalgar Square Christmas to the UK every year as a thank you for their service during WWII.


The tradition of a White Christmas comes from Charles Dickens’ writing after experiencing snow on Christmas Day until he was 8.


Christmas is celebrated on December 25th because of the Roman sun god, rather than the birth of Jesus.


Have you discovered any shocking secrets about Christmas? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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