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Christmas ‘Twas the night before Christmas ... and, just in the nick of time, it had started to snow.
Phew! That’s a relief! Christmas Eve without snow is always a bit of a letdown.
Chop, chop, Santa! Your sleigh is waiting!
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My public awaits. Let’s get going. It’s show time!
Shucks! Thank you. You’re too kind.
Hello, my trusty old sleigh. The star of the show is here!
Strap yourself in, Santa, we need to get cracking. We’ve got millions of presents to deliver before the night is out.
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Deary me! So many more than when I first started this job. Where to begin?
Fret not, Santa. Weâ€™ve now got Santa Nav! Itâ€™s like Sat Nav, but it includes chimneys as well!
O ff we go!
First stop ... New York, Santa
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Hey, what would Christmas be without me?
Er, sorry to burst your bubble, Mr Claus, but Christmas was actually around You are before you showed up. kidding?
No, Santa, but fear not! It’s not quite as bad as it sounds. Tell you what, while you do your ‘Ho! Ho! Ho!’ stuff, I’ll fill you in with what I know ...
It looks like I’ve got no choice, doesn’t it? You’re going to tell me whether I want to hear it or not.
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The notion of celebrating Christmas actually began as far back as AD 354, courtesy of a guy called Pope Liberius.
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting bored already.
The Christians who lived in the Roman Empire in those days were a bit cheesed-off by everyone having a knees-up for the sun god Mithras on 25 December, so they decided to play them at their own game by celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ on the very same day. (Although it wasn’t actually his birthday, as far as we know).
But it wasn’t until AD 435 that the Christians held their first Christ mass (a religious service) which gave us the name ‘Christmas’.
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