It would be fun to share some little known Christmas facts:
- 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.
- In Germany there are many different characters for Christmas. Nikolaus comes on December 5th and on December 24th when the actual opening of the gifts is happening ,they have been brought either by Knecht Ruprecht, Weihnachtsmann, or the Christkindl, (Christ child) wich is an angelic child dressed in a white and or golden dress much like a long nightgown. It has wings, and has usually a small horse or a donkey as a companion.
- Guatemalan adults do not exchange Christmas gifts until New Year’s Day. Children get theirs (from the Christ Child) on Christmas morning.
- In North America, children put stockings out at Christmas time. Their Dutch counterparts use shoes.
- The poinsettia, a traditional Christmas flower, originally grew in Mexico, where it is also known as the ‘Flower of the Holy Night’. Joel Poinsett first brought it to America in 1829.
- December 25 is not the actual birth day of Jesus. In fact nobody knows when the original date is. This day was supposed to be the day of Jesus’s birth on mutual consensus and has its roots in Pagan festivals.
- Did you ever wonder how the shorten form of Christmas, X-Mas originated? X in Greek means Christ so we get Christ-Mas.
- The ornaments now a days used are not the only things that mounted the Christmas tree. Rather in old days Christmas trees were decorated with fruits. Pluck it and eat it!
- The song Jingle Bells was originally created for thanksgiving and it was called “One Horse Open sleigh”.
- Ever wondered wearing paper crowns and eating Christmas dinner? British eat their dinners while wearing paper crowns and are stored in a tube which is termed “Christmas Cracker”.
- There are two Islands, one in Pacific Ocean and the other in Indian Ocean which are named Christmas Islands.
- Rudolph was actually conceived by a departmental store, Montgomery ward, as a marketing stunt to attract kids to buy coloring books for holidays.
- The official recognition of Christmas in United States took a start from the State of Alabama in 1836.
- Getting a lump of coal in their stockings is a tradition of naughty children that originally came from Italy.
- It is believed that a candy maker in Indiana, for the purpose of spreading the name Jesus around the world created the Candy Canes.
- Did you ever listen to the song “Twelve days of Christmas”? If you count the number of gifts in the song you’ll know that the Christmas gifts were exchanged 364 times. So gifts are exchanged every day of the year.
- Let’s stuff bricks in the dress! Christmas shopping might hurt a little bit. Statistics show that when you go for shopping on Christmas Eve you are going to be elbowed thrice at least.
- Father Christmas has got two addresses; Edinberg and the North Pole and he will get your letter. If you write a letter and send it to “Toyland” or “Snow Land” it will go to Edinberg and if you write the address to be North Pole it will go there.
- Bake your bread on Christmas Eve and eat it fresh the whole year. This comes from old wives’ tale and it is yet to be known how many people believe in this story.
- The traditional red suit of Santa came from an ad of Coca Cola in 1930s. Before that Santa dressed in blue, white and green attire.
- 7 out of 10 dogs get spoiled from their puppy parents every Christmas. Hey, they’re members of the family, right?
- Christmas carols began as an old English custom called “wassailing,” in which one would toast their neighbors to a long life. So when you sing Christmas carols, you’re bringing joy AND wishing good health to everyone you come across!
- All letters addressed to Santa in the United States go to Santa Claus, Indiana.
- There is a village in Peru where people settle the previous year’s grudges by fist fighting. They then start the new year off on a clean slate.
- Some zoos accept donated Christmas trees as food for their animals.
- During Christmas in Newfoundland people called Mummers dress up in crude disguises and go from house to house dancing and playing music while the hosts try to identify them.
- A large part of Sweden’s population watches Donald Duck cartoons every Christmas Eve since 1960.
- In 1918 and for the past 40 years, the Canadian province of Nova Scotia has sent the city of Boston a giant Christmas tree as a thank you for their support after the 1917 Halifax explosion.
- Scraps of Christmas can make problems for you many times. The Christmas scraps are responsible for 400,000 cases of disease and sickness after the Christmas time.
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