Christmas Day is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Christians believe that Jesus was the son of god, who was sent from heaven as messiah to save the world. Jesus was born to Mother Mary in Bethlehem two thousand years ago.
The world Christmas comes from “Cristes Maesse”, which means “Mass Of Christ”. Christmas is celebrated all around the world with great joy and happiness.
DATE OF CHRISTMAS ?
The real birthday of Jesus is unknown. No date is mentioned in the Bible also. The birth of Jesus happens between 2 BCE/BC and 7 BCE/BC.
The first recorded date of Christmas celebration was 25th December in 336, it was the time of Roman Emperor Costantine but after few years, Pope Julius officially declared that it would be celebrated on 25th December. Early Christian tradition said that, on 25th March, Mother Mary was told (by the angels) that she would have a special child. Nine months after 25th March is 25th December. 25th march is also the day when Jesus died and on the same day Christians thought the world had been made.
WHY DOES SANTA WEARS RED ?
Santa is a jolly man who brings holiday cheer and joy to all. Many people believe that Santa wears red because of Coca-Cola. The Coca-Cola company has been influential depicting the Santa but the truth is, red suit appeared in written descriptions and illustrations long before Coca-Cola’s advertisements (in 1931) were created. Haddon Sundblom, the artist who created magazine ads for Coca-Cola was actually inspired by Clement Clark Moore’s poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (also known as “The Night Before Christmas”).
But the fact is, before Coca-Cola’s advertisement and Moore’s poem, there was actual St. Nichlolas (Bishop of Myra in the 4th century) and his traditional cloaks were red and white. After the bishop passed away, his legend grew as he was known for his kindness and generosity to children.
SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT CHRISTMAS :
The first artificial Christmas tree was made by Germans by dyed goose feathers.
According to the data analysis from Facebook posts Christmas is one of the most popular times for couples to breakup.
All the gifts during the twelve days of Christmas are equal to 364 gifts.
Christmas trees grow approximately 15 years before they are sold.
The British wear paper crowns when they eat Christmas dinner.
There are 21,000 (approximately) Christmas tree farms in the US.
In 2008, 45 million Christmas trees were planted and there were existing 400 million trees.
In Poland, spider webs and spiders are used to decorate Christmas trees, because according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus.
According to the people in Poland, spiders are the symbols of prosperity and goodness at Christmas.
Christmas is the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift giving and of families united.