1. A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.

2. English puritan leader, Oliver Cromwell, banned Christmas between 1647 and 1660 because he believed such celebrations on the holiest day of the year were immoral.

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3. In the UK, around 125,000 tons of unwanted plastic packaging are discarded each Christmas.

4. The song ‘Jingle Bells’ was originally composed to celebrate Thanksgiving in Boston, America. It was so popular that it was sung again at Christmas.

5. An artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees. A spider web found on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck.Three wise kings

6. In December, Visa cards are used over 5,000 times every minute in the United States.

7. The first American state to recognize the Christmas holiday officially was Alabama and, in 1907, Oklahoma became the last state to declare Christmas a legal holiday.

8. It is estimated that 400,000 people become sick each year from eating tainted Christmas leftovers.

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9. Charles Dickens wrote ‘A Christmas Carol’ in just six weeks.

10. Every year since 1947, the city of Oslo has donated a Christmas tree to the city of London as a token of gratitude for Britain’s friendship to Norway during the Second World War.

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