Ah, its Christmas Eve and we are all excited about the celebrations and pomp. Ever since the time we were born and we have known about Christmas, it had been a tradition and a very significant part of our lives to celebrate the most wonderful festival of Christmas.
The festival that has a great history has been taught and talked about hundreds and thousands of times, yet it has got many interesting facts that you probably didn’t know till date and might just find out a few by the time you finish reading this article.
- Did you know that the Christmas tree that you adore so much and decorate with a lot of excitement, wasn’t popular in America until 1846, though it made its way to the country in the 1830s. It was only after Germany’s Prince Albert and Queen Victoria’s sketch in front of the Christmas tree became popular that people started the tradition of having a Christmas tree for Christmas.
- The image of Santa Claus that we see now has a hidden history too. Originally the picture of Santa Claus had blue, white and, green colours. The red suit came from a 1930s ad by Coca-Cola.
- “Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all way!! You remember this Christmas song?, Oh well, originally, it was supposed to be a Thanksgiving song.
- Bedtime stories? Kids always ask for fairy tales but there was an old Christmas Eve tradition in the past to tell scary ghost stories. So are you ready for a ghost story this Christmas Eve?
- In Newfoundland, people called Mummers dress up in disguises during Christmas. Dancing and singing, they visit their neighbors and the hosts try to identify them.
- During the Christmas in 1914, i.e., during the World War 1, a truce was held between Germany and the United Kingdom. They decorated their camps and shelters, exchanged gifts across the no man’s land and also played a game of football.
- In the year, 1867, a Boston Industrialist heard Charles Dickens read “A Christmas Carol”. He was so moved by the story that he closed his factory on Christmas Day and gave a turkey to every one of his employees.
- “Merry Christmas” “Oh, Happy X-Mas”. We have used the abbreviation quite many times but did you know how it originated? X is the Greek letter “Chi” which is an abbreviation for the word “Christ” in Greek and so X-Mas.