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.