Christmas is my most favourite time of the year. The jingle bells, glittering Christmas trees, carols and Santa Claus bring an ecstatic feeling within. Over the years, I have heard plenty of stories related to Christmas but stumbled upon a couple of weird and Interesting Facts About Christmas recently. And, I thought of sharing it with my lovely readers, so here you go… The weirdest, funniest, bizarre Interesting Facts About Christmas
- December 25 was a pagan celebration. 25th December became the official celebration date for the birth of Christ in 350 A.D.
- Artificial Christmas trees were invented by a toilet brush company.
- It was a criminal offence to celebrate Christmas in Boston. Christmas was banned in Massachusetts from 1647-1660.
- The tallest Christmas tree ever was in Seattle, and it measured 221 ft tall.
- It is a Christmas tradition in Japan to eat KFC. Orders must be placed two months before.
- “Jingle Bells” was written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas.
- The Christmas gift ceremony symbolises the gifts given to Jesus by the three wise men.
- The candy cane was invented in Germany. It was made into J for Jesus, and red stripes symbolise his blood.
- Christmas came from the word Cristes Maesse meaning the mass of Christ.
- Christmas tree is cut and sold after 15 years of growth.
- Americans purchase a whooping 1.6 billion Christmas cards every year.
- Krampus a demonic character wanders around the street to catch mischievous kids- one of the spookiest Christmas tradition in Central Europe.
- Santa Claus first appeared in a newspaper ad for toys and “gift books” in the mid 19th century.
- Coco cola created the image of Santa Claus with the help of Illustrator Haddon Sundblom. Because of the Illustrator, we have a really pretty looking Santa image now!
- The Christmas wreath started as a symbol of Christ. It represents the crown of thorns Jesus wore during the crucifixion, and the cherry is the blood he shed.
So that is it! Dame’s Handbook wishes you a very happy Christmas. Have fun with your family.
Information credits: Google, wikipedia and buzzfeed