What you didn't know about Christmas

We all know that this year has been a tough one and although we can’t celebrate Christmas in quite the same way, we’re all keen to crack out the festive tunes and decorations to keep our spirits up.

Before we share with you a little inspiration of our own, we want to share some fun facts about Christmas and impart how good old christmas trees and turkeys became centre pieces of our celebrations today.

Four quirky facts you might not know about Christmas

  1. It was banned in 1644 - that’s right, you heard it, Puritan Oliver Cromwell legally banned the festivities which were seen as frivolous and ‘un-christian’ - this was an unpopular move with many people carrying on celebrations behind closed doors. Christmas was reinstated as a legal holiday in 1660. Phew!

  2. Jingle Bells wasn’t originally a Christmas song - this catchy tune might embody everything we think is Christmassy... but in fact it was written in 1857 for Thanksgiving as a way to commemorate the famed Medford sleigh races.

  3. In the Netherlands, Sinterklaas (the Dutch version of Santa Claus) comes from Spain, not the North Pole - that’s not the only weird thing about the Dutch Christmas. Sinterklaas has his little helpers, but they are not adorable hard-working elves: they are boys and girls who can steal your kids if they misbehave, scary stuff aye?

  4. KFC is the food of choice for a Japanese Christmas - Although there are few Christians in Japan, every Christmas, kids and grown-ups head to the closest KFC to enjoy some fried chicken – the closest food to turkey that you can get in Japan. It’s all thanks to a successful “Kentucky for Christmas!” marketing campaign in 1947. Kentucky Fried Chicken started promoting this offer every year, until the fast food chain became strongly associated with the holiday season.

What about trees and turkey?

Christmas trees first became popular in 1841 after the Royal Family brought a Christmas Tree over from Germany and decorated it in Windsor Castle. However, they only really started to become a feature for most families in the 20th Century. As for Turkey, King Henry VIII was the first British monarch to have one of these birds as a centerpiece of his Christmas dinner in the 16th Century. Again, they didn’t really become a traditional part of the English Christmas meal until the 1950s.

Even today some of us still prefer to have beef or goose, and for the veggies out there, nut roasts are also a lovely choice!

A little inspiration from Soda Folk

We all love to decorate our homes and get a bit crafty over the season so here’s a little idea from us on how you can bring a little bit of joy from our cans into your celebrations.

Step 1: open a can of cold soda - doesn't matter which flavour it is, your favourite will do. (Ensure not to remove the ring pull completely!)

Step 2: sit back, relax and enjoy your soda

Step 3: make sure there’s nothing left in the can and give it a quick rinse under the tap

Step 4: fetch your best gold ribbon or string and tie a loop around the ring pull

Step 5: place the can as a decoration on your tree for all to enjoy

Quick tip: using a variety of our flavours means you get a lovely spread of colours on your tree

Show us your trees!

Feel inspired? We’d love to see you Christmas trees adorned with decorations, using our cans or not. Tag us on social in your Christmas snaps @sodafolk

Need to get your hands on some cans? Pop over to Sainsburys, Amazon or our lovely online shop at sodafolk.com

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