Category Archives: Christmas

Christmas in France: Facts About French Christmas Traditions

Here are some facts about Christmas in France. In some parts of the North and Northeast of France, Christmas is celebrated on December 6th. This is the feast-day of Saint-Nicholas, and le Pere Noel (Father Christmas) brings the children sweets and small presents. On Christmas Eve (December 24th), French children traditionally placed their shoes by… Continue Reading

What is Myrrh? Facts and Information

Here are some facts about myrrh. Myrrh is a spice which was commonly used in ancient times. Most people know it as one of the three gifts given to Jesus at his birth, by the 3 wise men. (The other gifts were gold and frankincense). It is made from sweet smelling sap which is obtained… Continue Reading

What is Frankincense? Facts and Information

In the Bible, Frankincense is one of three gifts given to the baby Jesus by the three wise men. But what is Frankincense and what is it used for? Frankincense is the resin of Boswellia trees. The resin is aromatic and is used in the manufacture of perfumes and in incense. The resin is harvested… Continue Reading

Facts About Christmas Cards

Here are some facts about Christmas cards. The ancient Chinese sent greetings cards to wish their friends and family good luck for the coming year. In 15th century Germany, cards celebrating the new year were also produced and sent. The first commercial Christmas card was devised and sent by Henry Cole in 1843 who sold… Continue Reading

11 Facts About Snow

Here are some facts about snow. Snow is a type of precipitation, made up of small particles of ice. It is formed from the water vapour in the air when the temperature is below freezing. The city with a population of over a million that gets the most snow is Sapporo, Japan. In the UK,… Continue Reading

Mistletoe: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Mistletoe. Although mistletoe can grow on its own, it is also known as a partial parasite. It grows on tree trunks and branches and uses the tree’s nutrients. There are actually about 1,300 species of mistletoe found around the world, including two that are native to America. About 20 of… Continue Reading

Christmas Crackers: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Christmas crackers. A Christmas cracker is a cardboard tube wrapped in brightly coloured paper. It makes a bang or crack when pulled open and usually contains a toy or a joke. Crackers are usually pulled by 2 people, each holding one of the ends. They are popular in the UK… Continue Reading

Facts About Robins

Here are some robin facts. The American robin belongs to the thrush family of birds, and is found throughout North America. The American robin is named after the European robin. They both have red breasts but they are not very closely related. It weighs between 60 and 85 grams and is well known for its… Continue Reading