Last updated on February 24th, 2018
10 Facts about Christmas in England
#61. It was actually illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas day in the time of Oliver Cromwell! The purpose was to control gluttony.
#62. Christmas dinners often feature ‘devil on horseback’ on the table – dates or prunes wrapped in bacon.
#63. London has seen only 10 white Christmases since 1900…
#64. The traditional Christmas plum pudding may actually have been derived from suet meat puddings with dry fruits.
#65. The Queen’s Message on Christmas day is not an old tradition. King George V started it in 1932 when he read a speech by none other than writer Rudyard Kipling.
#66. Boxing Day is not just a bank holiday in England. It is the day you share Christmas leftovers with friends and neighbors. In the past, masters shared leftovers in the form of boxes with servants.
#67. The Scottish may have a Clootie Dumpling instead of the Christmas Pudding for dessert on Christmas Day.
#68. It used to be a New Year tradition in Wales to decorate a horse’s skull with white sheets and bells.
#69. Mummering is a tradition in which people wear masks or paint their faces and perform plays in the community. Mummers may also visit houses like carolers used to do.
#70. Hogmanay (or New Year’s Eve) celebrations in Scotland are bigger than Christmas celebrations, and strangers are considered auspicious if they enter the house on that day.
5 Facts About England in 1600s
#71. In the 1600s, London was separate from Westminster but then rich people built houses on the Thames between the two cities.
#72. In 1666 the Great Fire of London destroyed much of the city because of a fire that may have started in a bakery. Nearly 100 years ago, a Daniel Baker had predicted that London would be destroyed by a ‘consuming fire’.
#73. The Bank of England that we know today was founded in 1694.
#74. The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 that led to the Guy Fawkes Day celebrations of today was a failed plot by Catholics including Guy Fawkes to blow up Stuart King James I, who was not tolerant of Catholics. But some say the plot was a bigger conspiracy.
#75. King James I proposed one flag for the joining of Scottish and English crowns, and the King James’ Union Flag was designed, which is now known as the Union Jack.
England – country at a glance
|Land Area||50,301 sq mi|
|Population||53,012,456 (2011 census)|
|Borders||Scotland and Wales|
|Currency||Pound sterling (GBP)|
|Religion||Christianity (Church of England)|
|Average Life Span||81 Years (2012)|
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
|Time Zone||GMT (UTC)|
|GDP||$3.087 trillion (estimate 2016)|
|Drives on the||Left|