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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Things of Festivity

People lighting candles in Jordanian churchChristians around the world are marking Christmas Day, the traditional day of Jesus Christ's birth.
  1. In the 19th Century Dutch emigrants took their story of a legendary gift-bringer called Sinterklaas to America, where he eventually became known as Santa Claus.
  2. A British company chief bid £1,420 for snow on the eBay auction site and had it delivered to a children's hospice so they could have a white Christmas.
  3. The Royal Marines have found a novel way to keep a stiff upper lip while fighting the Taleban in Helmand Province this Christmas - by holding a "moustache contest".
  4. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a Muslim, joined the midnight Mass in Bethlehem to emphasise that not only Christians were celebrating the fesitival.
  5. Palestinian Christians are known as Nasserine - the people of Nazareth.
  6. The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is the reputed site of Jesus Christ's birth.
  7. In China, one day Christians may outnumber the Communists.
  8. The Archbishop of Canterbury will use his Christmas sermon to call for people to treat the world around them with greater "reverence".
  9. In December 2007, the Queen of the United Kingdom became Britain's oldest monarch...
  10. ...and will give her 50th televised Christmas message, too.
  11. The Pogues' song Fairytale of New York has topped a chart of the UK's most played Christmas song on UK radio over the past five years.
  12. Social networks offer online friends for all occasions, especially at Christmas time.
  13. Complaints about the late arrival of online deliveries in the UK have risen by a third in the run-up to Christmas.
  14. Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to buy his pet labrador a sat-nav dog collar to keep track of the animal, according to the country's deputy prime minister.
  15. Do you want to know what to do with unwanted presents?

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