Christmas Fun Facts!
- Christmas supposedly marks the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. But there is no mention of December 25 in the Bible and most historians actually believe he was born in the spring.
- And stockings come from this story: A poor man with three daughters couldn’t afford the dowry to have them married. One night, St. Nicholas dropped a bag of gold down the man’s chimney so that his oldest daughter would be able to get married, and the bag fell into a stocking that was drying by the fire.
- Well, Santa wore a variety of colorful suits through the years — including red, blue, white, and green — but legend has it that the popular image of his red coat came from a 1930s ad by Coca Cola.
- “Jingle Bells” was written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas.
- "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" is one of the oldest secular Christmas songs, originating in 16th century England.
- Hanging stockings outcomes from the Dutch custom of leaving shoes packed with food for St Nicholas’s donkeys. He would leave small gifts in return.
- According to tradition, you should eat one mince pie on each of the 12 days of Christmas to bring good luck.
- Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was invented for a US firm’s Christmas promotion in 1938.
- Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they’re sold.
- Japanese people traditionally eat at KFC for Christmas dinner, thanks to a successful marketing campaign 40 years ago. KFC is so popular that customers must place their Christmas orders 2 months in advance.
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The man we know as Santa Claus has a history all his own. Today, he is thought of mainly as the jolly man in red, but his story stretches all the way back to the 3rd century. The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas’s popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6. This was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get married. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland.
- Santa Claus comes from St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop living in (what is now) Turkey in the fourth century AD. When sainted, 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.
- Nicholas was known for helping the poor, for praying, fasting, and standing steadfast in faith and goodness.
- Saint Nicholas left gifts for everyone and as his story traveled through the ages, he become known as Santa Claus.
- The reason that Santa started coming in through the chimney was because snow was often blocking the doorway so it was easier to drop down through the chimney on the roof.
5. Santa has many names. He is known as Father Christmas in England and Christindl, the Christ Child in Germany. The French call him Pere Noel (Father Christmas) while in China he is known as Shengdan Laoren.