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Merry Christmas

The year is drawing to a close and Christmas is just around the corner. We at "Spektrum Hören" wish you a Merry Christmas and a peaceful time with lots of wonderful moments. Did you also know about Christmas

... that "Oh Tannenbaum" is not originally a Christmas carol? It is actually a love song that tells of an unfaithful woman. The constant Christmas tree stood as a symbolic contrast to an unfaithful lover.

... that 40 percent of 18 to 34 year olds use their cell phones to deliberately avoid talking to relatives at family get-togethers such as Christmas parties? This is confirmed by a recent study on trends in consumer mobility by Bank of America. On average for all age groups, 25 percent use this tactic at a family meal. Overall, 71 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds avoid a wide variety of calls using their cell phones; the average is 44 percent.

... that the best-selling single of all time is a Christmas carol? It's "White Christmas" from Bing Crosby. An estimated 50 million copies have been sold since publication in 1947; more are added every year at Christmas time.

... that (Christmas) food tastes different when there is noise? It is then perceived as less salty or less sweet and more crispy. According to British researchers, the cause is the distraction caused by unpleasant noises. The more unpleasant the noises were, the worse the food was judged. On the other hand, it tastes better with noises that are perceived as pleasant and more intense with silence. Children even ate more of unloved food when they heard their favorite song.

... that the Barbara Millicent Roberts doll has been one of the most popular Christmas gifts for generations? She is better known under the name Barbie. Incidentally, the Mattel doll was named - like its male companion Ken - after the children of Mattel founders Ruth and Elliot Handler.

... that the American abbreviation "X-Mas" for Christmas comes from the Greek alphabet? The Greek letter "X" is pronounced "chi" - which stands as an abbreviation for "Christ". AF