Star shining on the horizon, the cold breeze brushing the hairs away from the face, warmth of comforter and a house filled with all family and friends. Could there have been any better time than 25th December for our beloved Jesus Christ to grace the Earth with his presence? I don’t think Christmas could have been celebrated at any better time than this. No matter what religion we belong to, what age group we belong to, we all wait eagerly for Santa Claus to visit our house with bags full of gifts and candies. Christmas is one of those festivals which we all love, but how much do we actually know about Christmas? Here are 21 facts about Christmas that we bet you didn’t know. Are you ready to take a dive into the bizarre yet amazing 21 amazing Christmas facts to hike your festive mood?
21. In one of the villages in Peru, on the eve of Christmas, the villagers, whether be a kid or a grown-up settles up the previous year’s grudges by fist fighting, to start the new year with a clean slate. We don’t promote fighting but settling up grudges is a great idea that we all can do this Christmas.
20. Christmas can make even worst of enemies as friends. During World War 1, Germany and the UK made a truce just for the Christmas, decorated their shelters, exchanged gifts across no man’s land and played a game of football between themselves. Amazing isn’t it?
19. Kissing under the mistletoe is a tradition that all lovers look forward to. But this tradition is believed to spring from Frigga, the Norse goddess of love, who is said to be associated with the plant. No matter who brought this tradition, but don’t miss to kiss your partner this Christmas under the beautiful Mistletoe.
18. Stories can change the life and when it’s Charles Dickens himself then there surely will be a change of heart. Remember “A Christmas Carol”? Once a Boston Industrialist heard Mr. Dickens reading this story and got so moved that he closed his factory on Christmas Day and gifted a turkey to each of his employees. Even though Sir Dickens is not here but we can take a lesson and enjoy the eve with the people we love.
17. Ever wondered who brought the idea of “White Christmas”? Between the 16th and 19th centuries, the global temperatures were several degrees lower than normal because of which it came to be known as “little ice age”. Because of this “little ice age” Christmas carols and songs stress over “White Christmas”.
- We usually useXmasin place of Christmas. Ever wondered WHY? It is because X is the Greek letter “chi” which is an abbreviation for the word “Christ”.
15. Eating in KFC on Christmas and that too in Japan is no kids play. If you want to eat in KFC in Japan then you need to make a booking two months prior. Feeling lucky that you live in India? So don’t worry and take your family out for dinner.
14. No Christmas prayers are complete withoutCarolsbut they weren’t sung in churches until 13th Century when St Francis of Assisi introduced it.
13. We hang stockings filled with gift wishes but for all those gifts we should thank the Dutch custom. Dutch people used to leave shoes packed with food for St Nicholas’s donkeys and in return, he leaves small gifts. So this Christmas don’t forget to leave your stocking out.
- For hundreds of years, no-one celebrated the birthday of Jesus Christ because no-one knew when Jesus of Nazareth was born. Originally 25th of December was a pagan Celebration and being connected with the winter solstice gave birth to Christmas. Unbelievable, isn’t it?
11. According to the Bible, there is no reference to angels singing at the births of Christ.
10. Christmas is the time to thank all who have helped us in our bad times and it is well proved by Nova Scotia. Since 1918, this Canadian province has been sending a giant Christmas tree to the Boston city for the help they received from them after the 1917 Halifax explosion. So wrap a gift and send it to anyone and everyone who had helped you at any phase of life, and rekindle the love.
9. According to Biblical scholars, JESUS was probably born in a cave and not in a wooden stable. But does that matter? I don’t think so.
8. Many theologians estimate that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25but sometime in September between 6BC and 30AD. But for us, Christmas will always be the birthday of our beloved Christ.
7. The famous Christmas song, Jingle Bells was written by James Pierpont’s in 1857. But it was never a Christmas song but a Thanksgiving song and was named as One Horse Open Sleigh. But now, is it?
No Christmas for almost 15 years? What a nightmare. Right? But Alas! After the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell banned festivities and it remained intact till 1660. A real nightmare.
5. Christmas without Christmas trees and tree without gifts hanging are like Holi without Colors. But it’s the Druids who brought this trend as they believed the tree was the giver of all good things. So start hanging your gifts NOW.
4. Christmas without Christmas cards are incomplete but we should thank civil servant Sir Henry Cole from London who introduced these cards in 1843. His card featured a family drinking wine. So don’t forget to get a Christmas card for your loved ones.
3. The Star Of Bethlehem was the guide who took wise men to baby Jesus but according to astronomers, it was no star but a comet or the planet Uranus. Whatever it was, for us it will always be the bright star that keeps guiding us all.
2. We all have heard about the Three Wise Men. Despite famous tales telling about three wise men paying homage to baby Jesus, the Bible doesn’t specify any number. Matthew’s Gospel refers to it merely as “wise men”.
1. Superfast Santa: No one is faster than Santa because according to the US scientists, if Santa wishes to deliver presents to the whole world he needs to travel at a speed of 650 miles a second, visiting 822 homes per second. Ohh how I wish, my house would be the first on the Santa’s visiting List. Do you wish the SAME? Then don’t forget to share these amazing facts with your friends this Christmas. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
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