Well, it is the season to be…well informed. We all love Christmas, but how much do any of us actually know about why Christmas is the way it is? Here are 10 facts about Christmas trees, Santa Claus, and Rudolph that you (probably) didn’t know. Smarten up people!
- Christmas supposedly marks the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. Truth is, there is no mention of December 25 in the Bible and most historians actually, believe he was born in the spring.
- Many of the popular Christmas traditions today found their roots in Saturnalia: Branches from evergreen trees were used during winter solstice as a reminder of the green plants that would grow in spring when the sun gods grew strong.
- These evergreen branches became the foundation of our Christmas tree. Germans are thought to be the first to bring “Christmas trees” into their homes at the holidays and decorate them with cookies and lights.
- 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 he became a saint, he became the protector of children.
- After his death, the legend of St. Nicholas spread. St. Nick’s name became Sint-Nicolaas in Dutch or Sinter Klaas for short. Which is only a hop, skip, and jump to Santa Claus.
- Rudolph almost didn’t have a red nose either: At the time, a red nose was a sign of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward thought he would look like a drunkard.
- Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978.
- Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is considered to be the most popular Christmas song now. In the music video, Santa is played by Mariah’s then-husband, Tommy Mottola.
- And the highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The Jim Carrey version. Who knew?
- “Jingle Bells” was originally meant to be a Thanksgiving song
There you have go! Do you have facts to share? We are here!