The festive season: In numbers
To round off the year, we have put together some fun facts and key dates for celebrating the end of 2018 in style. Has your spending been above average? What are the odds of snow?
Other Fun Facts
- The first Christmas card was commissioned and designed in 1843. Now, over 150 million cards and parcels are delivered by Royal Mail in the run-up to the end of each year.
- Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa represents a specific value: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.
- Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was invented in 1939 for US department store Montgomery Ward. The character appeared in a promotional children's book released by the brand.
- The song 'Jingle Bells' was actually originally written to celebrate Thanksgiving. It also happens to be the first song broadcast in space.
- Hanukkah is also known as 'The Festival of Lights'. Since the word is translated from Hebrew characters, there are many different and technically correct ways to spell it; from Channukah to Khahnoocca.
- The traditional New Year's ballad 'Auld Lang Syne' translates to 'old times' sake' from Scots. While it has existed as a folk song for a long time, Robert Burns was the first to publish it as a poem in 1788.