December 21, 2011

Historical Facts about Christmas:


  • Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December 
  • Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. 
  • The word Christmas is derived from the Old English word “Cristes maesse” which literally translates to Christ's Mass. 
  • Although no one knows for sure the exact date of Christ's birth, the date chosen to celebrate it is related to the Roman Saturnalia festival that lasted from the 17th -21st of December. This date was chosen somewhere during the 4th century AD by the heads of the church. The date became widely accepted by most branches of Christianity with the exception of the Armenians who reserved the 6th of January for Christmas celebrations.
  • During the reformation of the 19th century there was some disfavour with Christmas and its associations with paganism. Many protestants distanced themselves from the tradition. 
  • By the latter part of the 19th century the celebration of Christmas grew wide spread. It was around this time that the modern Christmas tree was introduced in Britain. 
  • The 20th century brought a general acceptance of the tradition despite the criticisms that were originally set against it.
  • The tradition of gift-giving has strong association with Paganism. 
  • The Roman festival of Saturnalia featured periods of gift-giving, this idea was later incorporated into the traditional Christmas celebrations. 
  • The gifts started out very modest and evolved to include more elaborate expressions of love. 
  • This was not met with full acceptance by some Christians who disliked the Pagan connection. 
  • However, supporters of gift-giving, likened the activity to that of the Magi, who gave gifts to baby Jesus, in this regard it became symbolic and necessary to the grand tradition of Christmas.
  • Santa Claus became a part of the Christmas tradition around the Middle Ages 
  • Santa Claus's part in Christmas was popularized only after he was depicted as a jolly stout old man wearing a red and white suit in the 19th century. 
  • The character of Santa Claus is said to be inspired by Saint Nicholas of Myra, a bishop, who went around giving the poor children of his village gifts. 
  • The legend of Santa centres around the North Pole and his magical workshop of elves. Every year he makes presents for those children who were nice. Those who were naughty received nothing but a lump of coal. 
  • Singing of carols during Christmas celebrations have their origins in the past well before the concept of Christmas carols was actualized. 
  • Most of the popular carols we now sing were written in the 19th century and were sung from house to house near the Christmas season. 
  • Soon the church adopted this tradition in the 1820's, giving these songs a greater sense of reverence.

Interesting Facts about Christmas

  • Elves are actually modern day versions of “Nature folk” described in Pagan religions of the past.
  • There is a special act in Britain that actually makes it mandatory to go to church on Christmas day. The act that is deemed the Holy Days and Fasting Act still exists, however, not so much enforced. Additionally no vehicle of any kind is to be used to get to the Christmas service.
  • The tradition of burning a Yule log actually has its roots in ancient Scandinavia. Supposedly the Yule log was a source of good luck and its remnants were saved to inspire good fortune throughout the year. It was such a widely held belief that people even threw the ashes in wells to make the water safer to drink.
  • It was once believed that any woman who went under a mistletoe and was not kissed would not marry the coming year.
  • The annual Christmas pudding was more than just a tasty treat. Small items were placed in them which had the power to predict what the New Year would bring. Coins were associated with a gain in wealth, a ring was a sign of an imminent marriage and a button signified extended bachelorhood. This idea actually goes back to the middle ages where the cake being served on the Twelfth Night would come complete with a hidden bean. Whoever found this bean was declared “king” for that one night.
  • If you counted all the gifts that were given in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” you would realize that the number of gifts being presented were 364 in total, thus a gift was given for each day of the year.
  • Christmas was illegal in England from 1647-1660. This was enforced by the then leader Oliver Cromwell who believed it was immoral to hold celebrations on one of the holiest days of the year. The celebration of Christmas was therefore a criminal offence which could lead to an individual being arrested if he or she was found guilty of condoning any revelry during the period.
  • The legendary Christmas pudding is actually an off shoot of the Celtic dish frumenty. 
  • It has been estimated that at least 56 percent of Americans sing to their pets
  • The people at Reynolds et al make a substantial amount of money selling foil during the Yuletide season. It has been confirmed that at least 3000 tons of foil are used to wrap turkeys annually.
  • A Christmas shopper statistics has concluded that you will be elbowed at least three times while shopping.
  • Americans on average send out 28 Christmas cards to friends and family yearly and most will receive 28 for the same period.
  • Christmas is a great time to exercise. You will walk an average of five miles between the parking lot and stores, however, don't let this give you a false sense of security, most people still gain those pesky Christmas pounds despite this.
  • Spoilt leftovers are responsible for 400,000 cases of post Christmas associated illnesses.
  • The traditional Christmas dinner in England used to be a pig head prepared with a mustard sauce. 
  • The Norwegians once believed that witches and devious spirits were likely to steal their brooms on Christmas Eve. 
  • The Evergreen (Christmast Tree) is actually edible, well most parts of it anyway. In addition, it is nutrient enriched, so if you take the advice stated previously you'd be getting a good source of Vitamin C and roughage. 
  • There is an old wives' tale that actually suggests that bread baked on Christmas Eve is mould resistant. 
  • Kris Kringle really lives in the North Pole. But he foregoes the reindeer and drives a 1984 Ford Tempo, additionally; he delivers Pizza instead of working in a magical toy shop.
  • It has been estimated that Santa goes to 823 homes per second in order to complete his rounds on Christmas Eve.
  • The original Santa Claus was born St. Nicholas in Turkey around 288 A.D.
  • The busiest shopping hour during the whole year is between 3 and 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
  • During the Christmas of 1914, along the western front, during the First World War, just preceding December 5, German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and songs between their trenches. On Christmas Eve, some of the soldiers from both sides ventured into ‘no man's land,’ where they mingled and even exchanged food and souvenirs.
  • There are many accounts of what happened that Christmas, and though there was not an official truce, and indeed not all areas stopped fighting, there are records of even ‘friendly soccer games’ being played during a one day truce. In some areas the truce lasted until New Year’s day. Food, tobacco and alcohol were exchanged and even Christmas carols were sung. Then after the holiday period, hostilities continued.
  • There are many songs and even movies about the truce.
  • Garth Brooks’ song “Belleau Wood” and Paul McCartney's video of his 1983 song “Pipes of Peace” depicted the truce.
  • I used to be disturbed at seeing the word ‘Xmas,’ but no longer, after realizing that the word comes from the Greek, and X means Christ. Thus the origin of Xmas…though I still prefer Christmas.
  • The world’s largest Christmas present was the Statue of Liberty. The French gave it to the U.S. in 1886. It is 46.5 metres high and weighs 225 tonnes.
  • It can take up to 15 years to grow an average-sized tree of six to seven feet or as little as four years, but the average growing time is seven years.
  • Homes with artificial Christmas trees now out number those that use natural trees.
  • Bing Crosby‘s ‘White Christmas’ was released in 1942 and is considered to be the best-selling Christmas song of all time.
  • One in 10, the number of presents received that will be broken by the New Year.
  • Average number of times Visa cards are used every minute during Christmas time - 5,340.
  • According to experts, the 2010 average budget for Christmas presents was $520. 
  • On average, we send out 28 Christmas cards to friends and family each year and most will receive 28 for the same period.
  • If you counted all the gifts that were given in the song “12 Days of Christmas” you would realize that the number of gifts being presented were 364 in total, thus a gift was given for nearly each day of the year.
  • The word “Christmas” comes from the Old English name “Christes Maesse,” which means “Christ's Mass.”
  • In Germany, Christmas Eve is said to be a magical time of year when the pure of heart can hear animals talking.
  • The earliest known Christmas tree decorations were apples.
  • A 2010 study on Facebook posts showed that two weeks before Christmas is the most popular time for couples to break up. Christmas Day, on the other hand, is the least favourite day for break ups.

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Popular Christmas Messages, Wishes, Greetings & Quotes

  1. "Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and happy holidays."
  2. "May we all show each other the love and patience that we may not deserve this Christmas.  This is the true spirit of Christmas."
  3. "It's easy to get caught up in all the business of Christmas, but I'm wishing you a peaceful Christmas full of the most important things."
  4. "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May you be surrounded by all the things that bring Christmas cheer."
  5. "May you be reminded of all the most important things in your life this Christmas. Merry Christmas!"
  6. "We hope you are surrounded by beauty and comfort this Christmas season."
  7. "Blessings, love, and peace to you this Christmas."
  8. "Hoping you can feel love, joy, and peace this Christmas season."
  9. "The beauty of the Christmas season can remind us of all the beauty in life that we take for granted. Our family, our friends, and our faith."
  10. "Keep Christmas a time of celebration and love. Don't let Christmas become a chore. Don't let Christmas bring strife to your home."

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