NO LIKEY, NO KEEPY Last year we spent £2.1 billion on unwanted Christmas gifts which included clothing, toiletries and ornaments but the most unpopular presents of all were Adele’s album 21 and the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
MERRY WOOF-MAS One in four people sign Christmas cards from themselves and their dog(s)
YUM YUM Many people, including diners at one of the world’s best restaurants, 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. They 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).
OVEREATING The average person consumes 8000+ calories on Christmas Day (that’s 15 Big Macs or 307 satsumas), putting on 4lbs over the festive period.
SUPER 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 to the two billion children in the world, he would need to visit 10,000 homes per second.
BORED WITH YOUR VISITING RELATIVES? Internet shoppers visited retail sites 107 million times on Christmas day 2012. Worryingly, one in three UK adults say they expect to start 2014 in debt because of spending at Christmas. Worst still, one in 10 adults in November 2013 were still paying for Christmas 2012.
MISTLETOE – the literal meaning of the word is Dung Twig (from the Anglo-Saxon) because centuries ago people observed that mistletoe tended to take root where birds had left their droppings.
JINGLE BELLS was the first song ever sung in outer space on 16 December 1965 when astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra told Mission Control that they could see Santa and his reindeer and proceeded to sing the song accompanied by a harmonica and bells which they had secretly smuggled aboard Gemini 6.