Christmas in the Olden Time by Sir Walter Scott (1808) Heap on more wood! the wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, Well keep our Christmas merry still. Each age has deemed the new born year The fittest time for festal cheer.
More than 160 countries celebrate Christmas. A few countries refer to the holiday as Family Day, including Angola and Uruguay. Some countries--like Jordan and Pakistan--designate December 25th as an official holiday only for Christians.
Christmas 2000 saw the UK consuming 10 million turkeys and 25 million Christmas puddings. 7 million children leave mince pies and a drink for Santa on Christmas Eve. The UK spends £20bn on Christmas with £1.6bn going on food and drink.