Millions of Christians all around the globe celebrate Christmas Day on December 25th. It is also a well-known festival among non-Christians. Christmas Day is an annual commemoration of Jesus Christ's birth. Although the precise date of Jesus' birth is uncertain, it is thought to have occurred somewhere between 7 and 2 B.C. In the fourth century, the date of December 25th was selected. Gift-giving, sending holiday cards, Christmas trees and lights, caroling, a feast, and church festivities are all common Christmas traditions.
Christmas Facts to Consider:
Christmas is derived from the phrase "Christ's Mass." It was known as Cristesmsse in ancient English (first documented in 1038), which literally means 'Christian Mass.'
Santa Claus is a well-known character connected with Christmas all around the globe. Christkind, Saint Nicholas, and Father Christmas are all famous Christmas characters.
The festival was known as'midwinter' or 'nativity' by Anglo-Saxons.
In the late 1300s, the term Noel made its way into the English language. It comes from the Latin word natalis, which meaning "birthday."
Christmas trees, Christmas lights, wreaths, garland, holly, mistletoe, and nativity sets are all popular decorations today.
Edward Johnson developed Christmas lights in 1882.
A booklet from 1570 has the first evidence of a Christmas tree.
On Christmas Eve, Santa would have to visit 822 houses per second if he wanted to see everyone.
The habit of hanging stockings originated in the Netherlands. They'd leave food-filled shoes for St. Nicholas' donkeys, and St. Nicholas would return with little presents.
Nuns placed stockings filled with nuts, fruit, and tangerines at the doors of the impoverished in the 12th century. This is where the custom of stuffing tangerines into stockings originated.
When the three wise men came to see Mary and Joseph after Jesus was born, they brought presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Some people think Jesus was born in a cave rather than a barn.
The practice of Christmas caroling dates back to the Middle Ages in England. It was originally known as wassailing, and it was intended to be a salute to long life.
At the 13th century, St. Francis of Assisi started the tradition of singing Christmas songs in church.
Every year, around 60 million trees are planted throughout Europe.
The letter X in Xmas stands for Christ in Greek.
The world's biggest Christmas tree was unveiled on the Washington Mall in 1950. It stood at a height of 221 feet.
Jingle Bells was composed for Thanksgiving, not Christmas, by James Pierpont in 1857. Originally, it was known as the One Horse Open Sleigh.
Before turkey, the traditional Christmas dinner in England was mustard and a pig's head.
Maine was home to the world's largest snowman, which was 113 feet tall.
The Christmas wreath represents Jesus. The holly symbolizes the crown of thorns, while the crimson berries signify his blood.
Santa Kriss Kringle is his German name; Le Befana is his Italian name; and Pere Noel is his French one.
Bing Crosby's White Christmas is the best-selling Christmas song of all time. More than 50 million copies have been sold worldwide.
For many companies, Christmas is one of the most lucrative periods of the year.