Here are 8 things you probably didn’t know about Christmas:
- Date of Christmas
As no certain date is known to be the date of the birth of Jesus, 25th December was chosen to represent the date of his birth.
- Santa Claus
Santa Claus was portrayed in different ways but the grandfather style of Coca-cola’s Santa changed people’s perception of him to the chubby and jolly old man we all love.
- Christmas Trees
Did you know the tallest living Christmas tree is believed to be the 122-foot, 91-year-old Douglas fir in the town of Woodinville, Washington?
Read more on Christmas trees here http://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas-trees
- Christmas Decoration
It is believed that Martin Luther first added lighted candles to the tree. While walking home one winter evening he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens so he tried making a replica for his family.
- Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve is the only time the Catholic Church has mass at midnight because it’s believed Jesus was born at midnight.
- Boxing Day
It’s believed to have been started 800 years ago in the Middle Ages when alms boxes and collection boxes kept for the poor were opened so they could be distributed to the poor.
- 365 Presents for you
Count the gifts from the song ’12days of Christmas’ and you’d notice that if you actually received all those gifts you’d have 365 presents in all.
- The Christmas Truce
On the morning of December 25th, 1914, German soldiers on the western front stepped out of their trenches and walked towards Allied troops calling out “Merry Christmas” in English and even exchanged gifts. It was not a plot to attack them.
A friend once asked me, ‘why are the different Christian denominations?’ That was a question that got me thinking about why we have to be against each other just because we don’t approve the origin of a fellow Christians joyful celebration. Christmas should serve as a moment to share joy, compassion, kindness and love, not that it’s limited to the moment of celebration but to be followed everyday. As Christians the one law to follow is to love your neighbour as yourself and Christmas is one of those days to remind you of the birth of someone who loved us as he loved himself and even gave up his life for us.
Although, I secretly hope you don’t have to give up your life. There’s too much you’ve got to accomplish. Happy Holidays!