Christmas Day is celebrated by millions of Christians around the world, usually on December 25. It is also a popular celebration 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 that he was between 7 and 2 a. C. The date of December 25 was chosen in the fourth century. The popular customs of celebrating Christmas include gifts, sending Christmas cards, Christmas trees and lights, Christmas carols, a banquet and church celebrations.
Interesting Christmas facts:
- The word Christmas originates from the words The Mass of Christ. In Old English (first recorded in 1038) it was referred to as Cristesmæsse, which literally means ‘Christian Mass’.
- A common figure known around the world and associated with Christmas is Santa Claus. Other popular Christmas figures include Christkind, Saint Nicholas and Father Christmas.
- The Anglo-Saxons referred to the party as ‘half winter’ or ‘nativity’.
- The word Noel entered the English language at the end of 1300. It has its origin in the Latin word ‘natalis’, which means ‘day of birth’.
- The Christmas decorations that are popular today include Christmas trees, Christmas lights, garlands, garlands, holly, mistletoe and nativity scenes.
- The Christmas lights were invented in 1882 by Edward Johnson.
- The first evidence of a Christmas tree comes from a pamphlet dating from 1570.
For Santa to visit all the houses on Christmas Eve, he should visit 822 homes every second.
- The tradition of hanging stockings comes from a Dutch custom. They would leave shoes full of food for the donkeys of San Nicolás and San Nicolás would leave them small gifts in return.
- The nuns of the twelfth century left socks full of nuts, fruits and tangerines at the gates of the poor.
- This is where the tradition of putting tangerine stockings comes from.
- 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 in a stable.
- The tradition of the Christmas carol began as an old English custom. Originally it was called wassailing and it was a toast for long life.
- St. Francis of Assisi began the custom of singing Christmas carols in the church in the thirteenth century.
- There are approximately 60 million trees grown in Europe each year.
- The letter X at Christmas is a Greek abbreviation for Christ.
- In 1950, the world’s largest Christmas tree was placed in a Washington mall. It was 221 feet tall.
- Jingle Bells was originally written by James Pierpont in 1857, for Thanksgiving no Christmas. It was originally called One Horse Open Sleigh.
- The traditional Christmas meal in England before the turkey was mustard and pork head.
- The largest snowman in the world was 113 feet high and was built in Maine.
- The Christmas wreath is a symbol of Jesus. The red berries symbolize his blood and the holly represents the crown of thorns.
- In Germany they call Santa Kriss Kringle; in Italy they call him Le Befana; in France they call him Pere Noel.
- The best-selling Christmas song is White Christmas by Bing Crosby. It has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.
- Christmas is one of the most profitable times of the year for many companies.