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10 Fun Festive Facts

Post by: Lisa V
10 Fun Festive Facts

I need to hire chairs for Christmas

We see this question entered into Google thousands of times and we’re excited because we know we’re able to help. Our Christmas furniture category is a hugely popular at this time of year and we try to ensure we tuck all the items you’d possibly need to host the best Christmas ever.

If you have plenty of room our limewash Chiavari and Cross Back chairs are a timeless favourite. They can be accessorised with bows to add a splash of colour, but are equally just as elegant on their own. Our industrial looking Tolix range is sleek and contemporary and brings a fresh feel to any event. If space is tight, our folding chair options including our resin chairs in black and white are ideal. They can be set up and take down in seconds meaning you’re not moving chairs around all day long. In a nut shell, our chair selection is so vast, we’re pretty confident we’ve got a product suitable for everyone and every event.

Dinner Table Conversation

More often than not there’s the need to redirect the dinner table conversation and what better way than pulling out some festive fun facts. It’s important to remember that Christmas is much more than giving and receiving gifts or wearing Christmas sweaters. Behind just about every aspect of the ‘holiday’ there are centuries of tradition and deep symbolism.

1. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ but there’s actually no mention of December 25th in the Bible. Many historians say Jesus was born in the spring.

2. Thank the Dutch for leaving milk and cookies for Santa. December 6 is St. Nicholas’ feast day when Dutch children leave him food and drink in exchange for the gifts he leaves.

3. Hanging stockings started by accident. A poor old man didn’t have enough money for his three daughters’ dowries. The girls hung their freshly-washed stockings by the chimney and legend has it St. Nick dropped a bag of gold down and the tradition stuck.

4. Celebrating Christmas used to be illegal. You would have faced a fine for celebrating or if you were caught ‘making merry’ during 1659 to1681.

5. Why is it called Boxing Day? Boxing Day deprives from a time when the rich would box up gifts for the poor. Traditionally Boxing Day would be a day off for the servants. They would have received a special box from their masters and would have headed home to give Christmas boxes to their families.

6. Thank Prince Albert for your Christmas tree. In 1848 a drawing of Prince Albert and his wife in front of a Christmas tree appeared in Illustrated London News. He had purchased the tree for his new wife and the tradition was born.

7. The famous reindeers had lots of names. Rollo and Reginald were the names almost given to Rudolph. They don’t quite have the same ring to them. Some of the other names mentioned include Flossie, Glossie, Racer, Pacer, Scratcher, Feckless, Ready, Steady and Fireball.

8. Mistletoe is an aphrodisiac. The Druids considered this pretty, festive plant to be an aphrodisiac as it’s an ancient symbol of fertility and virility.

9. Norway provides the tree in Trafalgar Square. In gratitude of Britain’s support for Norway during World War II, the iconic spruce has been gifted to England since 1947 from Norway.

10. Christmas gift holds a lifesaving secret. A very special deck of cards was created by The United States Playing Card Company and the British intelligence agencies during World War II which were handed out as Christmas gifts. However the cards peeled apart when wet revealing escape routes to help Allied prisoners of war escape from German camps.

We’re fairly sure the chat around the Christmas table won’t fall silent this festive season. Our whole team at Chair Hire would also like to take this opportunity to wish all our returning and new clients a very Merry Christmas. We look forward to working with you during 2023. Here’s to a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

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