Five interesting facts about Christmas food
Crackers originally a holiday treat
Animal crackers were introduced first around Christmastime in 1902. The string on the box was originally intended to be used to hang the boxes on Christmas trees.
Grilling the goodies
Christmas comes midsummer in Australia, and most Aussies actually prepare their Christmas dinner on the barbie.
A high calorie count
Between the wine, mixed nuts, multiple helpings of turkey and sides, pie, cheese and booze, Christmas Day consumption can add up to more than 7,000 calories per person, according to one study.
A long shelf life
The fruitcake is a common (put perhaps unpopular) Christmas gift that has staying power. They originally were baked at the end of harvest season and saved to be eaten at the beginning of harvest season the next year for good luck.
Candy canes kept kids quiet
Legend has it candy canes were invented in 1670 with the purpose of keeping children quiet during church services.