Christmas is so close now, and you are probably like me checking lists, perhaps still wrapping presents and doing your best to be as organised as possible.
"After queuing up to get your turkey, you arrive home only to find the cat has swallowed most of the tinsel and you completely forgot to buy any tangerines!"
Although now mostly vegetarian, in Victorian times, mince pies were made with beef and spices.
The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor.
Carols began as an old English custom called wassailing, toasting neighbours to a long life.
Carols weren't sung in churches until they were introduced by St Francis of Assisi in the 13th century.
Hanging stockings out comes from the Dutch custom of leaving shoes packed with food for St Nicholas's donkeys. He would leave small gifts in return.
The abbreviation Xmas isn't religious. The letter X is a Greek abbreviation for Christ.
The world's tallest Xmas tree at 221ft high was erected in a Washington shopping mall in 1950.
In 1647, after the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell banned festivities. The law wasn't lifted until 1660.
World's Biggest Snowman
In 1999, residents of the state of Maine in America built the world's biggest ever snowman. He stood at 113ft tall.
The largest Christmas cracker - 45.72m long and 3.04m in diameter - was pulled in Australia in 1991.
Kissing under the mistletoe is thought to spring from Frigga, the Norse goddess of love, who was associated with the plant.
They may date back to pagan traditions, but the earliest known reference to a Christmas tree is in a German pamphlet from 1570.
There are many names for Christmas from the old times and these include 'Midwinter', 'Nativity' and 'Yule'.
"Please come into my kitchen and discover this 'low carb fruit cake which is a great alternative to a traditional fruit cake.' It can be enjoyed at any time of year but could prove a popular low carb Christmas alternative."
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