Merry Christmas Facts

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Christmas Day is celebrated by millions of Christians around the world, usually on December 25th. It is also a popular holiday celebrated by non-Christians. Christmas Day is an annual celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Although the exact date of Jesus’ birth is unknown it is estimated to have been between 7 and 2 B.C. The date of December 25th was chosen in 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.

Interesting Facts Merry Christmas

  • Christmas is one of the most profitable times of year for many businesses.
  • The word Christmas originates from the words Christ’s Mass. In old English (first recorded in 1038) it was referred to as Cristesmæsse, which literally means ‘Christian Mass’.
  • Christmas decorations that are popular today include Christmas trees, Christmas lights, wreaths, garland, holly, mistletoe, and nativity scenes.
  • Anglo-Saxons referred to the holiday as ‘midwinter’ or ‘nativity’.
  • The three wise men who visited Mary and Joseph when Jesus was born brought gold, frankincense and myrrh as gifts. Some believe that Jesus was born in a cave and not a stable
  • The first evidence of a Christmas tree is from a pamphlet that dates back to 1570.
  • A common figure known throughout the world and associated with Christmas is Santa Claus. Other popular Christmas figures include Christkind, Saint Nicholas, and Father Christmas.
  • The word Noel entered the English language in the late 1300s. It originated from the Latin word ‘natalis’ which means ‘day of birth’.
  • The letter X in Xmas is a Greek abbreviation for Christ.
  • Christmas lights were invented in 1882 by Edward Johnson.
  • 12th century nuns left socks full of nuts, fruit and tangerines at the doors of the poor. This is where the tradition of putting tangerines in stockings came from.
  • St. Francis of Assisi began the custom of singing Christmas carols in church in the 13th century.
  • In order for Santa to visit all the homes on Christmas Eve 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. Nicholas would then leave small gifts in return.
  • The tradition of Christmas caroling began as an old English custom. It was originally called wassailing and was a toast to long life.
  • There are approximately 60 million trees grown in Europe each year.
  • Jingle Bells was originally written by James Pierpont in 1857, for Thanksgiving not Christmas. It was originally called One Horse Open Sleigh.
  • The traditional Christmas meal in England before turkey was mustard and a pig’s head.
  • In 1950 the world’s largest Christmas tree was placed in a Washington Mall. It was 221 feet high.
  • The world’s biggest snowman was 113 feet tall and was built in Maine.
  • The Christmas wreath is symbolic of Jesus. The red berries symbolize his blood and the holly represents the crown of thorns.
  • The best-selling Christmas song ever is White Christmas by Bing Crosby. It has sold more than 50 million copies around the world.
  • In Germany they call Santa Kriss Kringle; in Italy they call him Le Befana; in France they call him Pere Noel.
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