This is going to be the briefest of the brief type of blogs to wish all our customers and suppliers past, present or future a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.
Actually…nah! It wouldn’t be a JDL Deliveries blog without a list would it? So here we go; 10 obscure facts about Christmas to digest with your mince pies…
- Christmas is a contraction of “Christ’s Mass,” which is derived from the Middle English Cristemasse, which in turn comes from the Old English Cristesmæsse, a phrase first recorded all the way back in 1038.
- Boxing Day gets its name from all the money collected in church alms-boxes for the poor.
- Robins on cards started as a joke 150 years ago when postmen wore red tunics and were named after them.
- Believe it or not, but it’s illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day in England. In the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas pudding, mince pies and anything to do with gluttony. The law has never been rescinded.
- Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was invented for a US firm’s Christmas promotion in 1938.
- During the 20th century there were only seven official white Christmases in the United Kingdom.
- Ebenezer Scrooge’s famous line “Bah Humbug” almost never existed. Charles Dickens’ initial choice was “Bah Christmas.”
- 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, before you point that out!
- Christmas pudding was originally a soup made with raisins and wine.
- The average Brit consumes around 7,000 calories on Christmas day, and you’ll reach your recommended daily allowance at about 2pm.
So whatever you’re up to during the festivities, have an extraordinarily fantastic time.
Until next time…