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Who was King Wenceslas? And the the Feast of Stephen?

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When did we start saying Merry Christmas?

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"Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart ."    A Christmas Carol (1843)

Most popular Christmas poem in the English language?

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There are strong showings by Dylan Thomas, Christina Rossetti, Thomas Hardy and many others. In the USA, however, the runaway winner concerns a guy in a red suit. "A Visit from St. Nicholas", also known as "The Night Before Christmas" and "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" from its first line, is a poem first published anonymously in 1823 and generally attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, although the claim has also been made that it was written by Henry Livingston, Jr. The poem, which has been called "arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American",[1] is largely responsible for some of the conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today. And no doubt, either, as to which has become the most popular reading. In one of his last recordings, Louis Armstrong beautifully evokes the childhood he never experienced. Take it away, Sachmo.  

Did Dickens invent Christmas?

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Christmas celebrates  a certain event in Bethlehem , as recorded in the Gospel of Luke.  But the  immediate and enduring success  of   A Christmas Carol  (1843) has played  an important role in shaping the secular elements of the modern festival.   Read More A Christmas Carol Audiobook (abridged)   Fred & the Christmas Ghost? (playscript/worksheet) English Language Teaching Pack     -  only £1.99 

How did The Beatles get their name?

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The their early press interviews The Beatles were repeatedly asked about their name - particularly its unorthodox spelling. They gave many different and often contradictory explanations. This one, given by John Lennon, is particularly implausible.

How has Latin influenced the English language?

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Contrary to common belief, Latin has not had a major influence on the structure of the English language or its grammar.