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More About Christmas at QD

Christmas is a time of family, celebration, and gift-giving, and we have everything you need here at QD to make yours one to remember.


Explore our festive range of carefully selected treats, decorations, toys and more to see how you can have a great value family Christmas with us. Order online today or pop into any store to collect your festive purchases in time for the fun to start.

  • Why do we have crackers at Christmas? 

    • We’ve had crackers as gifts or surprises since the mid-18th century. They were invented by a confectioner to sell bonbons with love poems alongside.

      The bang was added for a touch of surprise and the sweet soon replaced with a small gift. His sons added the classic paper hat in the early 1900’s in reflection of Twelfth Night celebrations over the festive period, and they made the motto’s funny instead of lovey. Thus, the festive Cracker was born.

  • Why is Christmas called Xmas? 

    • Historically, Xmas comes from the Greek letter Chi – represented as X and used as an abbreviation of Christ. And ‘Mas’ is an old English word for the church service. So, Xmas means ‘Christ Mass’ and originally could have referred to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

  • What do wreaths symbolise at Christmas? 

    • Wreaths and garlands are typically made using evergreen plants and foliage to symbolise everlasting life. And wreaths are made in a circle to reinforce the idea of no end and no beginning.

  • Why do we have Christmas trees? 

    • The idea of bringing a tree inside and decorating it over the festive season originated in the UK in the 1700’s with the German-born Queen Charlotte. She decorated an evergreen fir tree to celebrate her Christian religion, just as her forefathers did. The practise was made popular with the wider UK population with Queen Victoria and Albert.

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