Here are 10 interesting facts you may not know about Christmas, they're great to share with your class!

1. "Jingle Bells" was originally a Thanksgiving song. James Lord Pierpont wrote a song called "One Horse Open Sleigh" for Thanksgiving, eventually the name was changed and it became a popular Christmas song.

2. Tinsel was invented in Germany in 1610 and was originally made from real silver!

3. Scientists predicted that Santa visits 822 homes a second at 650 miles a second to deliver the world's presents.

4. The tallest Christmas tree on record was 221ft high in a Washington shopping mall in 1950.

5. Prior to turkey, the traditional Christmas dinner in England was a pig's head and mustard.

6. The biggest snowman built on record was 113ft tall!

7. Christmas trees were firstly decorated with fruits.

8. It only took six weeks for Charles Dickens to write 'A Christmas Carol'.

9. Americans purchase approximately 1.6 billion Christmas cards every year.

10. The word 'advent' comes from the Latin "adventus" meaning arrival or coming.

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