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"I will hold Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Charles Dickens.

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    General Christmas Facts Page 3

    In 1834, Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert brought the first Christmas tree to Windsor Castle for the Royal family.

    6 December is St Nicholas's Day - the first of the gift giving days, especially in Holland and Belgium.

    Some priests in Australia advise you to say "Happy Christmas", not "Merry Christmas", because Merry has connotations of getting drunk - which brings its own problems. One should say "Happy" instead.

    The actual gift givers are different in various countries:

    Spain and South America: The Three Kings
    Italy: La Befana (a kindly old witch)
    England: Father Christmas
    France: Pere Noel (Father Christmas)
    Russia: In some parts - Babouschka (a grandmotherly figure)
    Other parts it is Grandfather Frost.
    Germany: Christkind (angelic messenger from Jesus)
    She is a beautiful fair haired girl with a shining crown of candles.
    Scandinavia: a variety of Christmas gnomes. One is called Julenisse
    Holland: St Nicholas.

    Every year since 1947 the people in Oslo have given a Christmas tree to the city of Westminster. The gift is an expression of goodwill and gratitude for Britain's help to Norway in the 1939-1945 war.

    The first American Christmas carol was written in 1649 by a minister named John de Brebeur and is called "Jesus is Born".

    Mexicans call the poinsettia "Flower of the Holy Night" - the Holy Night is the Mexican way of saying "Christmas Eve".

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