Christmas crackers

Merry Christmas to everyone who has dropped by Vaguely Interesting in 2012! I thought it would be appropriate to do at least one Christmas themed post, and decided on a miscellany of facts and myth busting about this fascinating holiday. So, if you’ve just got a new tablet or laptop and want a festive read, you’ve come to the right place!

No one is more associated with Christmas than jolly, red coated, white bearded Father Christmas. Father Christmas even manages to displace Jesus for many as the central character in the western world’s most important holiday.

He is known around the world by a range of names, including France (Père Noël), Spain and Hispanic Latin America (Papá Noel), Russia (Ded Moroz, or Grandfather Frost), Brazil (Papai Noel), Portugal (Pai Natal), Italy (Babbo Natale), Armenia (Kaghand Papik), India (Christmas Father), Romania (Moş Crăciun) and Turkey (Noel Baba).

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