Monday, December 13, 2021

Christmas Fun Facts!

Christmas is just twelve days away, so I thought it would be fun to look up and share some Christmas "fun facts" which you could share with your family and friends as you celebrate Christmas! Did you know . . . 

  • Where X-Mas came from? X means Christ in Greek so to shorten the word Christmas, we sometimes use X-Mas.
  • In 1836 Alabama became the first state in the US to declare Christmas a legal holiday. 
  • Oklahoma became the last state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1907.
  • In June of 1970 Christmas became a federal holiday in the US.
  • Christmas trees were first decorated with foods such as apples, nuts and dates.
  • In the 18th century they started decorating Christmas trees with candles.
  • Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in 1895.
  • Giving presents was once banned by the Catholic Church.  It was believed gift giving was connected to paganism. 
  • It is said candy canes were invented by a candy maker in Indiana.  He wanted to use them to spread the name Jesus around the world.
  • Why we say the Twelve Days of Christmas?  It is believed it took the three kings 12 days to find baby Jesus.
  • The song Jingle Bells was written by James Pierpont in 1857.  It was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh” and was made for Thanksgiving.
  • Many years ago in England a traditional Christmas dinner included a pig head served with mustard.
  • The tradition of naughty children getting a lump of coal in their stocking comes from Italy.
  • Tinsel was once made of real silver! It was invented in Germany in 1610. 
  • Did you know any of these? Which one is the most interesting or surprising to you? I found the one about tinsel being made of real silver very interesting . . . you would definitely not want to throw real silver tinsel away! Merry Christmas!

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