Monday, December 23, 2013

Fun and interesting things about Christmas

Want to know some fun and interesting things about Christmas? Check out the facts below!

§ Christmas is an annual Christian holiday held on December 25th celebrating the birth of Jesus.

 Christmas trees are also known as the Yule-tree.

§ Christmas trees are evergreen trees, usually either a fir tree, pine tree or spruce tree.

§ It is believed that decorating Christmas trees originated in 16th century Germany when Christians would bring decorated trees into their homes.

§ Some people say the Christmas season officially begins when Santa arrives at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. 

§ Did you ever wonder where X-Mas came from? X means Christ in Greek so to shorten the word Christmas we sometimes use X-Mas.

§ In 1836 Alabama became the first state in the US to declare Christmas a legal holiday.

§ Oklahoma became the last state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1907.

§ In June of 1970 Christmas became a federal holiday in the US.

§ Christmas trees were first decorated with foods such as apples, nuts and dates.

§ In the 18th century Christmas trees began being decorated with candles.

§ Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in 1895.

§ Did you know that giving presents were once banned by the Catholic Church? It was believed that gift giving was connected to paganism.

§ If you received all the gifts from the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” you would have 364 presents.

§ Do you know why we say the Twelve Days of Christmas? It is believed that it took the 3 kings 12 days to find baby Jesus.

§ The song Jingle Bells was written by James Pierpont in 1857. It was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh” and was made for Thanksgiving.

§ Many years ago in England a traditional Christmas dinner included a pig head served with mustard.

§ The tradition of naughty children getting a lump of coal in their stocking comes from Italy.

§ Did you know that tinsel was once made of real silver! It was invented in Germany in 1610.

§ There are two islands named Christmas. Christmas Island (formerly Kiritimati) in the Pacific Ocean and Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

§ The tallest Christmas tree ever displayed was in Seattle Washington in 1950. The Christmas tree was 221 feet tall!

§ It is said that candy canes were invented by a candy maker in Indiana. He wanted to use them to spread the name Jesus around the world.

§ Santa Claus is also known as St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Grandfather Frost and Kris Kringle.

§ Santa is believed to bring gifts to good girls and boys on the night before Christmas (December 24th).

§ There are three towns in the Us that are named Santa Claus. One in Georgia, one in Arizona, and one in Indiana.

§ Santa Claus eight reindeer are named: Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donder, Blitzen.