Christmas Day is celebrated by countless Christians around the world, usually on December 25th. It’s also a popular vacation celebrated by non-Christians. Xmas is an annual celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Although the exact date of Jesus’ birth is unknown it’s estimated to possess been between 7 and 2 B.C. The date of December 25th chosen within the 4th century. The popular customs of celebrating Christmas include gift-giving, sending holiday cards, Christmas trees and lights, caroling, a feast and church celebrations. Lets see some facts about Christmas.
20 Interesting Unknown Facts About Christmas :-
- The word Christmas originates from the words Christ’s Mass. In Old English (first recorded in 1038) it remarked as Cristesmæsse, which literally suggests that ‘Christian Mass’.
- A common figure known throughout the world and related to Christmas is Santa Claus. Other popular Christmas figures include Christkind, Saint Nicholas, and father Christmas.
- Anglo-Saxons remarked the vacation as ‘midwinter’ or ‘nativity’.
- The word Noel entered the English language within the late 1300s. It originated from the Latin word ‘Natalis’ which implies ‘day of birth’.
- Christmas decorations that are popular nowadays include Christmas trees, Christmas lights, wreaths, garland, holly, mistletoe, and nativity scenes.
- Christmas lights invented in 1882 by Edward Johnson.
- The first evidence of a Christmas tree is from a pamphlet that dates back to 1570.
- In order for Santa to visit all the homes on holiday he would have to visit 822 homes each second.
- The tradition of hanging stockings comes from a Dutch custom. They would leave shoes full of food for St. Nicolas’ donkeys and St. Saint Nicholas would then leave small gifts in return.
- Since in 12th-century nuns left socks full of nuts, fruit and tangerines at the doors of the poor. This is also often where the tradition of putting tangerines in stockings came from.
- The 3 wise men who visited Mary and Joseph when Jesus Christ was born brought gold, frankincense and myrrh as gifts. Some believe that Christ was born in a cave and not a stable.
- The tradition of Christmas caroling began as an Old English custom. Since it had been originally known as wassailing and was a toast to long life.
- St. Francis of Assisi began the custom of singing Christmas carols in church within the 13th century.
- There are more or less 60 million trees grown in Europe every year.
- The letter X in Xmas is a Greek abbreviation for Christ.
- In 1950 the world’s largest Christmas tree placed during a Washington Mall. It was 221 feet high.
- Jingle Bells was originally written by James Pierpont in 1857 for Thanks giving not to Christmas. Since it had been originally known as One Horse Open Sleigh.
- The traditional Christmas meal in England before turkey was mustard and a pig’s head.
- The world’s biggest snowman was 113 feet tall and was in-built Maine.
- Since the Christmas wreath is symbolic of Christ. The red berries symbolize his blood and therefore the holly represents the crown of thorns.
Now you recognize. Or at least have a bunch of random facts to rattle off to your family when you run out of things to speak about. Merry (almost) Christmas! in Advance.