Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a cultural and commercial phenomenon celebrated worldwide. For about two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas as the anniversary of birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular Christmas customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, singing carols, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive.
Christmas Nativity Set
But do you know, there are many interesting facts related to Christmas, and it would be a fun for you to know some of these facts behind this most awaited holiday. With the help of these facts, you can even make your own Christmas quiz for holiday parties and add a unique touch with personal favorites. Here comes some interesting CHRISTMAS FACTS!!
1. It wasn’t until 440 AD that 25th December was first celebrated as the birthday of Christ.
2. It is believed that back in 4th Century AD, St Nicholas, who was very shy Christian leader from Myra, decided to help the poor people by giving them money but without them knowing. It is said that one day he climbed at the roof of a house and dropped a purse full of gold coins and money down the chimney, which landed in a stocking that a girl had hung up to dry by the fireplace, which is where the tradition of Santa coming down chimney and putting gifts into children’s stockings comes from.
3. You’ll be shocked to know that, according to an independent survey, Christmas holidays are the busiest time for American plastic surgeons.
4. Each year, 30-35 million real Christmas trees are sold in US alone. There are about 21,000 Christmas tree growers in US, and trees are usually grown 15 years before they are sold. But still, artificial trees are most popular with 40,694,463 on display in comparison to real trees at 34,335,809.
5. If you received all the gifts in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” you would receive 364 gifts.
6. The Holly is associated with Christmas because its sharply pointed leaves symbolizes the thorns in Christ’s crown while the red berries are taken as the drops of his blood. Although they are used in Christmas decoration, but these berries are poisonous and can’t be eaten. On the other hand, many parts of a real Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of Vitamin C.
7. “A Christmas Carol”, the famous novel, was written by Charles Dickens in just six weeks, in 1843.
8. In Greek, X means Christ, that is where the word “X-Mas” came from.
9. Father Christmas has two addresses, Edinburgh and The North Pole. During Christmas Holidays, letters addressed by the name ‘TOYLAND’ or ‘SNOWLAND’ go to Edinburgh, but letters addressed to ‘THE NORTH POLE’ have to be sent there because there’s actually a place with that name!
10. US scientists calculated that on Christmas Eve, Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents, traveling at 650 miles a second, obviously without any break!!!!!
And on that note of gluttony we wish you a Merry Christmas and an enjoyable festive season.