YUM YUM Many people, including diners at the world’s best restaurant, Noma, eat Christmas trees – apparently the freeze dried needles have a delicious citrusy tang. You can grind up dry needles and use as a garnish for soup or infuse them to make tea. You can also rub the needles into chicken, game or fish. Pine needles are high in Vitamin C (as much as five times that of lemons), Vitamin A and many other useful compounds (including potent anti-aging ones). Russian studies show pine oils are useful for weight control and lower cholesterol and blood pressure, while Chinese studies find they slow the growth of liver cancer.
SPEEDY SANTA We all know that Santa has magical powers, but researchers have calculated that in order to deliver all of his presents on Christmas Eve Santa would need to travel at 650 miles per second and visit 822 homes a second.
RUDOLPH, yes the one with the luminous red hooter, was created by Robert L. May in 1939 as an assignment for an American retailer’s Christmas colouring books which they gave away to customers every Christmas.