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10 things you (maybe) didn't know about Christmas

Christmas is celebrated by billions of people around the world every year. It is a special period that brings together friends and family who may possibly have not seen each other since the previous Christmas! Many countries and regions have their own special traditions and customs which are unique to their part of the world. With these interesting facts you will be a real Christmas expert!

  1. The impressive Christmas tree which takes pride of place in Trafalger Square is donated to the city of London every year as a way of saying thank you for the assistance of the British during World War 2.

  2. There is a famous story of British and German soldiers laying down their weapons and stepping out of the trenches to play a game of football during the first World War in 1914. Futhermore, they exchanged presents and decorated their shelters!

  3. The 3 primary colours of Christmas are Red, which symbolises the blood of Jesus, Green, which symbolises life amd rebirth and finally Gold, which symbolises wealth and royalty.

  4. You have to use a artificial tree for more than 20 years for it to be considered “greener” or more ecological than if you were to buy a real tree every year.

  5. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, though it is unknown when his actual day or month of birth were.

  6. It is estimated that Santa would have to make 850 million stops on Christmas Eve to deliver presents to every child in the world....and he only has 31 hours to achieve this!

  7. Santa´s sleigh would have to carry around 400,000 tons of presents which would theoretically require 360,000 reindeer to do this.

  8. As far as we know, Santa only has 9 reindeer which are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and , of course, Rudolph.

  9. French children send the most letters to Santa every year. On average this is 1,700,000 letters a year.

  10. In many countries in Eastern Europe, finding a spider´s web on the tree is considered a sign of good luck. Therefore many people will decorate their tree with fake spiders and webs.

However you celebrate, everyone at West One wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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