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With Christmas just around the corner, English Heritage in Yorkshire has launched its extensive Christmas pack of facts, figures and myths linked to Christmas past and present.

Designed to help journalists to research stories on Christmas traditions, as investigated by English Heritage site teams in Yorkshire, the pack looks at many long-established traditions, including:

• Why mince pies are called ‘mince pies’ when the contain no meat!
• How Christmas pudding came to be.
• The legend – and revolting truth – behind mistletoe
• Historical remedies to festive over-indulgence

The guide also details all the events taking place at English Heritage sites in the Yorkshire region in the run-up to Christmas.

A copy of the pack can be downloaded from

We have also set up a photo library, full of high-resolution festive images, also accessible at, with images that can be used in print or on websites, royalty free. We just ask that all images be credited to English Heritage.


Notes to journalists: A similar pack has also been produced on behalf of Beeston Castle in Cheshire, with images available from

For further media information, please contact:

Jay Commins
PRO – English Heritage
Tel: 0113 251 5698 Mob: 07810 546567

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