Interesting facts about Christmas

Interesting facts about Christmas

  • Christmas is an annual Christian holiday held on December 25th celebrating the birth of Jesus.
  • The word Christmas originates from the words Christ’s Mass. In old English (first recorded in 1038)christmas it was referred to as Cristesmæsse, which literally means “Christian Mass”.
  • December 25 was probably chosen because it coincided with the ancient pagan festival Saturnalia, which celebrated the agricultural god Saturn with partying, gambling, and gift-giving.
  • During the auspicious Christmas time many of the pet owners think their pet as human beings. It is noticed that almost 56 percent of Americans sing to their pets.
  • The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor.
  • cellular-country-reviews-chrismas-carol “Silent Night” was first sung as part of a church service in Austria. A guitar was used because the church organ was so badly rusted it couldn’t be played.
  • “Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978.
  • Jingle Bells was originally supposed to be a Thanksgiving song – The song was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont, and was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh”.
  • There are 364 gifts mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.
  • It is believed that decorating Christmas trees originated in 16th century Germany when Christians would bring decorated trees into their homes.
  • Did you ever wonder where X-Mas came from? X means Christ in Greek so to shorten the word Christmas we sometimes use X-Mas.
  • Santa Claus comes from St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop living in Turkey in the fourth century AD. St. Nicholas had inherited a great deal of wealth and was known for giving it away to help the needy. When sainted, he became the protector of children.
  • The word Noel entered the English language in the late 1300s. It originated from the Latin word “natalis” which means “day of birth”.
  • Do you know why we say the Twelve Days of Christmas?  It is believed that it took the 3 kings 12 days to find baby Jesus.
  • Santa Claus is also known as St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Grandfather Frost and Kris Kringle.
  • In Germany they call Santa Kriss Kringle; in Italy they call him Le Befana; in France they call him Pere Noel.
  • Christmas is one of the most profitable times of year for many businesses.
  • santa-reindersSanta Claus 8 eight reindeer are named: Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donder Blitzen.
  • Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New year!
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