10 interesting facts you should know about Christmas

We all celebrate Christmas around the world but do you know how it all started?

Well here are some interesting and fun facts about Christmas-

 1. There is a reason why Christmas tree is so colorful.

The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold while Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth, red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.

2. Break ups are lowest during Christmas.

According to data analyzed from Facebook posts, two weeks before Christmas is one of the two most popular times for couples to break up. However, Christmas Day is the least favorite day for breakups.

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 3. Jingle all the way.

Contrary to popular belief, suicide rates during the Christmas holiday are low. The highest rates are during the spring.

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4. So Santa was not like the we all know him today.

Santa Claus is based on a real person, St. Nikolas of Myra (also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker, Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna, and Nikolaos of Bari), who lived during the fourth century. Born in Patara (in modern-day Turkey), he is the world’s most popular non-Biblical saint, and artists have portrayed him more often than any other saint except Mary. He is the patron saint of banking, pawnbroking, pirating, butchery, sailing, thievery, orphans, royalty, and New York City. Early illustrations of St. Nicholas depict him as stern, commanding, and holding a birch rod. He was more a symbol of discipline and punishment than the jolly, overweight elf children know today.

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5. Hmm so Christmas stockings has an interesting story behind it.

Christmas stockings allegedly evolved from three sisters who were too poor to afford a marriage dowry and were, therefore, doomed to a life of prostitution. They were saved, however, when the wealthy Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna (the precursor to Santa Claus) crept down their chimney and generously filled their stockings with gold coins.SantaHat-coins

6. Here spider symbolizes goodness and prosperity.

In Poland, spiders or spider webs are common Christmas trees decorations because according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. In fact, Polish people consider spiders to be symbols of goodness and prosperity at Christmas

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7. Hmmm it’s a real big business we are talking here.

Approximately 30-35 million real (living) Christmas trees are sold each year in the U.S.

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8. That’s why we also call it X-mas. 

Christmas is a contraction of “Christ’s Mass,” which is derived from the Old EnglishCristes mæsse (first recorded in 1038). The letter “X” in Greek is the first letter of Christ, and “Xmas” has been used as an abbreviation for Christmas since the mid 1500s.

9. And we thought he was the only one!

In Germany, Heiligabend, or Christmas Eve, is said to be a magical time when the pure in heart can hear animals talking.

Image from Dr.Dolittle the movie

Image from the movie ‘Dr. Dolittle’

10. Apples on Christmas tree?

The earliest known Christmas tree decorations were apples. At Christmas time, medieval actors would use apples to decorate paradise trees (usually fir trees) during “Paradise Plays,” which were plays depicting Adam and Eve’s creation and fall.

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