Some people take the season as a time of thanksgiving and spending it with family while other people it is all about Christ or you could be those one’s who will be super drunk. Whatever the reason, it is a common holiday for most people but not everyone knows where it came from. It is an ancient season heaped with many traditions, traditions that are amusing and somewhat shocking as well. Here are surprising facts you should know about Christmas.
1. Christmas wasn’t always on 25th.
Christmas supposedly marks the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. But there is no mention of December 25 in the Bible and most historians actually believe he was born in the spring.
2. The Christmas tree comes from a pagan tradition known as Saturnalia.
December 25 was probably chosen because it coincided with the ancient pagan festival Saturnalia, which celebrated the agricultural god Saturn with partying, gambling, and gift-giving.
3. Santa Claus came from this guy called Saint Nicholas.
Santa Claus comes from St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop living in (what is now) Turkey in the fourth century AD. St. Nicholas had inherited a great deal of wealth and was known for giving it away to help the needy. When sainted, he became the protector of children.
4. Jingle bells was originally a thanksgiving song.
We are guessing it became a Christmas song because of the thanksgiving tradition.
5. At some point Christmas used to be illegal.
Since it stemmed from a Pagan tradition it was made illegal in some countries and people were arrested if they even dared to celebrate it.
6. This is when people breakup the most.
According to Facebook, around two weeks before Christmas is one of the most popular times of the year for couples to break up. Christmas itself, however, is one of the least likely days for a breakup. Evidently it’s a lot easier to open presents than it is to buy them.
7. The reason for gift giving during Christmas was to symbolise the gifts given to Christ.
So just in case people are not embracing the giving season then remind them it is all for Christ.
8. The stockings for Christmas is from a poor man’s tale.
This was about a poor man who had three daughters but he couldn’t afford paying for their dowry. So Santa Claus apparently dropped a sock with gold down his chimney so his eldest daughter could marry.
9. The suit for Santa Claus was inspired by Coca-Cola.
Though Santa Claus has worn blue and white and green in the past, his traditional red suit came from a 1930s ad by Coca Cola.
10. Silent night song is the most recorded song.
Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978.