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Thursday 19th December 2019

Ho Ho Hold up its almost Christmas

It's almost time for everyone here to finish for the year, we thought it would be great to get one more blog in to close 2019.

So, here's some interesting and downright weird facts.

1. When someone says Xmas instead of Christmas does it make you feel like it's a cheap word that takes the meaning out of Christmas? Think again, the X in Xmas doesn't take the Christ out of Christmas, X in the Greek alphabet is 'chi', which is Green for Christ or Christos.

2. If you don't think telling your children they will receive coal in their stockings if they're naughty during the Christmas season doesn't work anymore, try Iceland's folklore. Instead of 1 Santa, kids are visited by 13 Yule Lads. 13 days before Christmas, one at a time they go to the kid's house and fills the shoes kids leave under the Christmas tree with gifts or rotting potatoes, depending on how the child behaved the previous day. If they're not good a terrifying old woman named Gryla would kidnap the naughty children and boil them in her cauldron. If your child is being particularly naughty close to Christmas, this may change their minds.

3. Don't let it spread, otherwise you'll get a country full of naughty children, but it's technically illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day in England, Oliver Cromwell back in the 17th Century banned eating those as well as Christmas pudding, this law has never been rescinded.

4. On average 3 Christmas trees are planted to replace each one harvested.

5. During the Christmas period, approximately 28 Lego sets are sold EVERY SECOND.

6. During the Christmas of 2010, the Colombian government covered jungle trees with lights. When FARC guerrillas (terrorists) walked by, the trees lit up and banners asking them to lay down their arms became visible. 331 guerrillas re-entered society and the campaign won an award for strategic marketing excellence.

7. If you've ever been to London during the Christmas period and seen a big Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, that was donated by Norway as a thank you for Britain's assistance during the Second World War.

Ever wondered how much royalty musicians make each year from the most popular Christmas songs?

Last Christmas - £300,000 per year, George Michael had donated all his royalties from the song to charity.

Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney earns £250,000 per year.

All I want for Christmas – Mariah Carey makes approx. £375,000 per year.

Fairytale of New York – The Progues rake in around £400,000 per year.

Merry Christmas Everybody – Although the largest amount is Slade who earn around £500,000 each year!

No wonder musicians are trying to make Christmas songs each year, you can be set for life! Although nothing will beat the classics!

Anyway, from all of us here at Screentec, have a Merry Christmas!

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