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Interesting Christmas Facts to Impress Your Friends and Family
1 Christmas wasn’t always celebrated on December 25th
Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, but the precise date has been lost to history. The Bible makes no mention of December 25, and many historians believe Jesus was born in the spring. According to some historians, the date was chosen because it coincided with the pagan celebration of Saturnalia, which celebrated and gave gifts to the agricultural deity Saturn.
2 Both Christian and pagan origins can be found in gifts.
Christians may have learned as children that we offer gifts at Christmas to imitate the gifts presented to the baby Jesus by the Three Wise Men. But, like so many other traditions, Saturnalia is where it all began. Pagans used to make offerings to the gods as well.
3 Evergreens are a time-honored ritual.
The tradition of decorating Christmas trees dates back to the ancient Egyptians and Romans, who used evergreens to symbolize the return of spring on the winter solstice. You’re commemorating history if you decorate your halls with a green tree, wreaths, or evergreen garland.
4 Your Christmas tree is thanks to Prince Albert.
To pay honor to the tree’s roots, brew a cup of tea while cutting it this year. It truly took off across the water when Prince Albert of Germany acquired a tree for his new wife, Queen Victoria of England. In 1848, the Illustrated London News published a drawing of the pair in front of the first Christmas tree. The concept became viral, to use modern jargon.
5 St. Nick was a generous man rather than a cheerful one.
You undoubtedly already know that St. Nicholas was the inspiration for Santa Claus. The saint wasn’t a bearded man in a red costume; that was a later legend. The Christian bishop of the fourth century gave up his considerable property to the poor and freed women from enslavement. Sinter Klaas is his Dutch moniker, which was later shortened to Santa Claus in English.