Popular belief holds that 3 wise men visited Bethlehem from the east bearing gifts. However there is no mention in the bible about the number of wise men who visited. Three gifts were brought - gold, frankincense and myrrh, but names commonly attributed t
The world's tallest Xmas tree at 221ft high was erected in a Washington shopping mall in 1950.
Coca Cola was the first beverage company to use Santa for a winter promotion.
In 1999, residents of the state of Maine in America built the world's biggest ever snowman. He stood at 113ft tall.
Although now mostly vegetarian, in Victorian times, mince pies were made with beef and spices.
The sun sets on 24 December at 3.55pm in the UK, and rises the following morning at 8.05am.
English Puritan leader Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas between 1647 and 1660 because he believed such celebrations were immoral for the holiest day of the year.
At Christmas, it is traditional to exchange kisses beneath the mistletoe tree. In ancient Scandinavia, mistletoe was associated with peace and friendship. That may account for the custom of "kissing beneath the mistletoe".