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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Few Things you Should know About Christmas

  • December 25, Christmas is celebrated as the birthday of Jesus Christ however, the Bible doesn't specify a date or time of Jesus' birth. The reason for choosing 25th December  for Christmas is believed to be influenced by two similar pagan holidays - the birthday of Mithra and the Feast of Saturnalia.jesus birth
  • Ever wondered why Christmas is also known as Xmas? According to 'From Adam's Apple to Xmas: An Essential Vocabulary Guide for the Politically Correct,' the word "Christianity" was spelled "Xianity" as far back as 1100 as a symbolic syllable for "Christ." The syllable became 'X'temmas' in 1551 and was eventually shortened to "Xmas."
  • The name Santa Claus originated from the Dutch word Sinterklaas which means Saint Nicholas. St. Nicholas was bishop of the Turkish town of Myra in the early 4th century. The Dutch first made him into a Christmas gift-giver, and Dutch settlers brought him to America where his name eventually became the familiar Santa Claus.
  • spider webs christmas treeThere is a weird but very interesting custom in Ukraine. Often the Christmas trees are decorated with artificial spider webs as it is believed to bring good luck. According to a legend a poor family went to bed on Christmas eve with the members crying because they wouldn't be able to decorate their tree. Their cries were heard by the spiders roaming in the home and they were so touched by the cries that they decorated the tree with their webs. The next day on Christmas, the web strands magically turned to gold and silver, which changed the families fortune forever.
  • Every Christmas, kids flood the post offices across USA, Canada and many other countries with letters to Santa Claus. The Post offices in Canada receives so many letters from kids, that some kind postal workers started answering the letters. The Canadian postal service also set up a special zip code H0H 0H0 for Santa Claus, so kids can send letters to Santa directly. The 0 after H is a Zero not O in the Hohoho as you might have thought. 
  • Santa is the worlds Richest fictional character according to Forbes. They compiled a list of the world's richest fictional people and St. Nick or Santa Claus is on the number one position with the wealth amounting to infinity.
  • According to Finnish Folklore when visiting Finland, Santa leaves his sleigh behind and rides on a goat made of straw named Ukko. Santa's sleigh
  • Every Christmas, 25-30 million real trees and 8-12 million artificial trees are bought in America to for decoration.
  • It is  also estimated that people spent over $52 billion and $45 billion over the Thanksgiving weekends in 2011 and 2010.
Wishing a Merry Christmas  to all the readers !! Thanks for reading Smile

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2 comments:

  1. Actually, the date of Christmas was set by the Feast of the Annunciation which was/is March 25th (the incarnation). Nine months later was the birth, or Feast of the Nativity (what it is officially called today by the Church). In the early Church, the Annunciation was much more important since the celebration of the incarnation took place on that date. It was only later that Christmas became more popular (with Santa Claus/commercialism). My blog: http://wonderingzygoteemeritus.blogspot.com/

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