10 Fun Facts about Christmas
The holiday season is now upon us and every man, woman and child is getting ready to celebrate one of the most popular festivals in the world: Christmas. For those of you who don’t know, Christmas is celebrated around the world to mark the birth of Jesus Christ. Almost every home will celebrate with a Christmas feast and gifts will be exchanged between friends and family. These traditions have been around for quite some time, but what is the reason behind them? Do we really know everything there is to know about Christmas? Where did the idea of Santa Claus come from and why do we put up Christmas trees and stockings? We’ve got the answer to these questions and more with our ‘10 Fun Facts about Christmas’ list. Scroll down to read further.
Christmas wasn’t always on December 25th
Like we said before, Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ but there have been arguments made by historians regarding the actual day and month of his birth. There is no mention of December 25th in the Bible and most historians argue that he was actually born sometime during spring. December 25th was not chosen as the official holiday until the 3rd century.
Christmas trees became popular only in 1848
Christmas trees weren’t always popular or traditional. The Germans had the tradition of hanging evergreens in their home and decorating them. The tradition caught on in the United States during the 1830s but it was made popular in 1848 when Prince Albert of Germany introduced the tradition to his wife, Queen Victoria of England.
Santa was based off a saint
The idea of Santa Claus was based off of the 4th century Christian bishop, St. Nicholas or St. Nick. St. Nicholas was known for giving away his large inheritance to help the needy. He was also the patron saint of thieves, prisoners, pawnbrokers and unmarried women. He eventually became known as SinterKlaas in Dutch, which later became Santa Claus!
Stockings had a funny backstory
According to legend, St. Nicholas dropped a bag of gold down the chimney of a poor man who did not have any money to pay for the dowries of his three daughters. St. Nicholas dropped a bag of gold down the chimney but it fell into a stocking that was drying by the fire. Since then, stockings have been hung up near the fireplace and almost every part of the house for Christmas.
Jingle Bells was originally a thanksgiving song
An organist from Georgia, James Lord Pierpont, performed an original song at his church’s Thanksgiving concert called The One Horse Open Sleigh. In 1857, the song was re-published and given the title that it is known for today. It was also the first song to be broadcasted from space.
Merrymaking was Illegal
Christmas became illegal by time the Puritans settled down in Boston. The word ‘nog’ comes from ‘grog’ which was a drink made from rum. Between 1659 to 1681, celebrating the holiday could cost you around 5 shillings. After the Revolutionary War, the new Congress held the first session on Christmas day. Christmas wasn’t declared a federal holiday until nearly a century later.
Xmas Retains the ‘Christ’ in ‘Christmas’
Christianity used to be spelled ‘Xianity’ since 1100. In Greek, X or Chi is the first letter in the spelling of ‘Christ’. The holiday was called ‘Xtemmas’ in 1551 but was later shortened to ‘Xmas’.
There is a Zip Code for Santa Claus
Many children write letters to Santa Claus asking him for their presents. These letters pile up in the post offices across the world. Some Canadian Post Offices answered those letters but as more letters came in, a special zip code for Santa Claus was set up as part of the ‘Santa Letter-Writing Program’ literacy initiative. The zip code is H0H 0H0.
‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ was Popular at the Box Office
There are many Christmas-themed movies to watch. However, the highest grossing Christmas movie so far is Ron Howard’s ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’. Starring Jim Carrey, the movie revolves around a little girl and the scary yet comedic Grinch who hates all things Christmas and wants to do away with it.
Many traditions and legends have shaped Christmas and it is truly a great holiday to celebrate. Come and celebrate with us at Forum Sujana Mall and make this Christmas a merry one for you, your family and your friends. Happy Holidays!