10 Interesting facts you didn’t know about Christmas
Christmas has passed but, don’t worry, it won’t be long until the next one! In the meantime, if you’ve ever wondered where some of the Christmas traditions come from, then read on and find ten interesting facts about Christmas you probably didn’t know:
1. Jesus wasn’t born on Christmas Day
Although Christmas day is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, there is no evidence that he actually was born on the 25th of December. The date was chosen by the Catholic Church in the 4th century and all the evidence actually points to Jesus having been born in the spring.
2. Rudolph was an advertising gimmick
Sorry kids, but Rudolph, the red nosed reindeer, was created as an advertising gimmick. His creator was Robert L. May who created the merry reindeer in 1939 to attract shoppers into a department store.
3. Jingle bells wasn’t written as a Christmas song
Another one of interesting facts about Christmas is that Jingle Bells, now almost a compulsory background song for Christmas, was never intended to be a Christmas song at all. It was originally titled ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’ and it was written for a school thanksgiving celebration.
4. Why we kiss under the mistletoe?
Here is another one of interesting facts about Christmas: the romantic and beautiful tradition of kissing under the mistletoe first became popular in the Victorian era, and the reason that mistletoe is so important is that it was believed to ward off evil spirits and increase fertility in Celtic traditions.
5. The day that war stopped for Christmas
In the early days of the First World War, the fighting on the Western Front stopped for Christmas. The break in hostilities began with German and English troops singing Christmas carols to each other across the trenches and ended with the two sides playing a game of soccer in no-mans-land. Sadly, it was one of the last ever examples of wartime chivalry.
6. 295 days to grow, 30 minutes to eat
The average Christmas turkey dinner, with vegetables and all the trimmings, takes around ten months to grow. It then takes the average family, on Christmas day, just 30 minutes to eat. Strange what researchers will bother to research!
7. The worlds first ‘live’ nativity
The world witnessed the first ever nativity, including live animals, in 1224. The recreation of the story of the birth of Jesus was staged by St. Francis of Assisi, so that he could better explain the story to his followers.
8. Stirring the Christmas pudding
Long before the advent of the microwave oven, people used to make their own Christmas pudding. The pudding was made well in advance of the celebrations and, it was a tradition, on the first Sunday before the advent season for different members of the family to take it in turns at stirring the pudding, whilst making a wish.
9. Why Santa wears red?
If you’ve ever wondered why the colours of Christmas are green, red and gold, it’s because red is the colour of love and energy, green symbolizes life and re-birth and gold represents wealth, loyalty and light.
10. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year
Whatever your own personal beliefs are, religious or otherwise, Christmas is a time for sharing and caring. We hope you had a fantastic Christmas and we wish you all the best for the New Year! Come back soon!
Do you know some other interesting facts about Christmas?