Bet you never knew that...
1. Why do we wear Christmas jumpers?
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During the 1960s there was a boom in knitwear so cardigans and jumpers started replacing suits and dresses in Christmas adverts. Once jumpers started being used to get people to buy festive presents it meant that by the 1970s they were now associated with Christmas. Who can forget 1970s singers such as Val Doonican wearing one for his TV Christmas specials...
2. What did women wear at Christmas during the Second World War?
As rationing was in place it was hard to to buy new clothes just for Christmas parties and Christmas Day during the war. So some women used parachute material for dresses, blankets to make coats, RAF silk maps to make underwear and they made jewellery from aircraft and car parts. Thrifty fashion is nothing new...
3. Why does Santa wear red and white?
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The red and white colours of Santa are thought to come from Saint Nicholas, who was the Bishop of Myra all the way back in the 4th Century. Red and white were also the colours of traditional bishop robes, so it makes sense that he would have worn this.
4. How did we end up with Christmas stockings?
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Christmas stockings are sadly said to come from three sisters who were too poor to afford a marriage dowry and husbands and instead were expected to turn to prostitution. They were said to be saved when a wealthy Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna (the one before Santa Claus) crept down their chimney and gave them wealth by filling their stockings with gold coins.
5. How did the colours of Christmas evolve?
The traditional three colours of Christmas are red, gold and green. Green represents life and rebirth; red is the colour of the blood of Christ, and gold shows light, royalty and wealth.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!