Amusing And Intriguing Christmas Facts You Might Not Be Aware Of
by: Jo Alelsto
There is no doubt that Christmas is one of the most awaited holidays in the world. Besides being the birthday of Jesus Christ, we know that this season would mean gift giving, lots of food and drinks, colorful streets and houses, Christmas carols, and so on. Countries may have different ways of celebrating the season, but if there is one thing that is true for all, it is that the season puts us in a very happy and festive mood. And this is one reason why we just love Christmas.
But as much as you know that the season is a time for sharing, for getting together, and for stuffs like Christmas trees, cards, carols, Santa Claus, and other things associated with Christmas, do you know the stories behind them?
Did you know that the custom of setting up a Christmas tree originated from Germany? This custom can be traced to 16th century Germany, when devout Christians had decorated trees into their homes. Moreover, it is believed that Martin Luther, a 16th century Protestant reformer, was the one who first added lighted candles to a tree.
Did you know that the first Christmas card was made and posted in 1843? It was designed by John Callcott Horsley, a British artist. The making of the first Christmas card would have not been credited to him if a British business man did not commission him to do so. The British businessman was Sir Henry Cole, who did not have enough time to write all of his friends and professional acquaintances to greet them a merry Christmas. The card showed a picture of a family drinking wine together. Each of the two side panels showed an act of charity: clothing the naked and feeding the hungry.
Did you know that one of the oldest Christmas carols was put together in the 300s? It is believed, on the other hand, that the first recorded Christmas carol was written by Aurelius Prudentius, and it was entitled ‘Of The Father’s Love Begotten.” And with the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg, Christmas carols became more popular. It is because the machine made it possible for copies of the carols to be reproduced easily. Furthermore, the ‘Messiah,’ which is one of the most popular carols of all time, was created by George Frederich Handel. He first performed the song in 1742, as a fundraiser for charities. Of course, who would forget the very famous ‘Silent Night, Holy Night.’ It was written in 1818, by a priest in Austria named Joseph Mohr.
Santa Claus or Father Christmas
Did you know that Santa Claus was based on a real person? He was Saint Nicholas, a Christian leader from Myra (in modern-day Turkey) in the 4th century AD. He was known for his generosity. The belief that Santa Claus comes down the chimney and puts presents in stockings is said to be based on one of the notable things that Saint Nicholas did. Because he wanted to give money to poor people without them knowing about it, what he did was climb the roof of a house and dropped a purse of money down the chimney. And, it so happened that the purse landed in the stocking, which a girl had placed to dry by the fire.
Yes, Christmas and the things we associate with Christmas have interesting stories behind them. Isn’t it nice to know the story behind the birth of the every Christmas card or the man behind the jovial and generous fellow we know as Santa Claus?