Monday, 17 December 2007

Quirky Festive Facts

What does a cat on Brighton beach have in common with Christmas?
Sandy Claws!!

Boom, boom.

Well, now that I’ve got that off my chest, here are some quirky facts about the festive season:

  • Apparently, if you received all of the gifts in the song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, you would receive 364 presents – almost one for each day of the year!

  • 'It's a Wonderful Life’ appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie

  • More than 3,000 metric tonnes of Robertson's mincemeat is sold in the run-up to the 25th

  • 10 million turkeys are sold each year – that’s a lot of turkey curry!

  • Al Martino - Here In My Heart, was the 1st Christmas number 1 in 1952

  • Father Christmas was apparently born in Turkey in the fourth century, but no-one is quite sure when he moved to the North Pole!

  • British people started putting trees in their houses when Queen Victoria's husband Albert brought the idea over from Germany in 1841

  • Anyone caught having fun at Christmas between 1647 and 1660 was in trouble, since celebrating the holiday had been banned by the rather strict Puritans who were in power at the time!

  • Mr Blobby was the Christmas number 1 in 1993

  • The definition of a white Christmas in England is when one snowflake falls on the roof of the London Weather Centre – so by that reckoning there have only been 2 white Christmases - 1938 and 1976.

And if all those quirky facts aren't enough to get you going, check out some of the quirky things you can do in Brighton this Christmas:

Burning of the Clocks

Christmas Day Dip

Or simply just have a search through our Brighton What's On section.

And whilst I’m a roll, let’s have one more festive joke for the road…

Why does Santa have 3 gardens?
So he can Hoe, Hoe, Hoe!

It’s ok, I’m going now…



VisitBrighton: said...

Much as I enjoy a terrible joke I'm afraid I have to point out that your first joke doesn't actually work as a cat on Brighton beach would not have Sandy Claws as we do not have any sand!

Here's another bad one instead:
A man goes into a pub with a lump of tarmac under his arm and says to the barman: I'll have a beer and one for the road....

Ooo but my favourite one is:
What's green and hairy and goes up and down? A gooseberry in a lift

Anonymous said...

Oh - bah humbug! There is sand if you look hard enough - its just a bit gritty! And your jokes aren't even vaguely festive - do get with the programme charlotte!

VisitBrighton: said...

Well perhaps you should have said a cat at Yellowave as there is plenty of sand there!

Ok if you want a festive one how about this -
What do you get when you eat Christmas decorations?

Or a festive spin on my old favourite:
What's red and white and goes up and down?
Santa in a lift

And finally (well you did ask!)..
Who says "oh, oh, oh"?
Santa walking backwards