Christmas is here again, peace unto everyone on earth.
Christma buzz is moving on in everyone’s mind; shopping, wrapping gifts, cooking delicious foods, and baking cookies (the best) as well as sharing one’s love with others.
To make your Christmas festivities more fun, why not learn more about Christmas and help spread the love that it brings.
You can choose to pick anyone that interests you. but reading from the beginning to end gives more sense of humor and understanding.
Here are some facts and myths about Christmas:
Some people believe Jesus Christ was born in the spring
Yes. Though we do believe that Jesus Christ was born on December 25th (But there is no mention of December 25th in the Bible) which marks the Christmas day. But still, most historians believe that Christ was born in the spring. Wow, my Christmas still stands.
Many popular Christmas traditions found their roots in Saturnalia
I guess some of us will be asking; “What is Saturnalia?”, “How can Christmas come from a word that doesn’t even relate to it?” Well, your answer is here; According to the Oxford dictionary, Saturnalia is an ancient Roman festival of Saturn in December, a period of general merrymaking and the Predecessor of Christmas.
For example the branches from evergreen trees which were used in winter solstice to remind people of the green plants that would grow in the spring when the sun gods grew strong, these trees became the foundation of our Christmas tree.
Presents and gifts are given during Christmas
As we all know, presents are given to symbolise the love in sharing which the “three wise men” gave to Jesus Christ at his birth. An indication of spreading the love during Christmas. However, some still believe that this came to a place from the Saturnalia tradition that required revelers to make and present rituals to the gods.
Santa Claus hails from Nigeria
Lol..That’s wrong, Santa Claus comes from Patara in modern-day Turkey. Santa Claus is a name given to St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop born around 280 A.D. He inherited a large amount of wealth and was known for helping the poor and giving out to the needy (spread of love).
In Dutch, St. Nicholas’s name became Sint-Nicolaas, this made a jump to the name “Santa Claus”.
Stockings are used during Christmas
History has it that a poor man couldn’t manage to pay for the dowry to marry out his three daughters. This prompted St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) to drop a bag of gold down into the man’s chimney so that his oldest daughter could get married, however, the bag of gold fell into a stocking that was drying near the fire…then use of stocking came into view for Christmas. Funny right?
Silent Night is the most-recorded Christmas song in history
Yes, the silent night which was written in Austria by Father Joseph Mohr is the most-recorded Christmas song with more than 700 different versions since 1978. Could remember singing it in church every Christmas.
“Hark! Herald Angel Sing!” wasn’t the original lyrics to the song
“Hark! How the Welkin rings!” the song was known to be Welkin, an old English term for heaven which was later tweaked by a preacher to our “Hark! Herald Angel Sing!” MARVELOUS!!
An angel is kept at the top of each Christmas tree
It is believed that people keep angels at the top of a Christmas tree because the angels appeared in the sky over Bethlehem to celebrate Jesus’s birth. Wonderful!!
Eggnog was first served in Britain
Eggnog, a popular Christmas drink, also known as milk punch was first served in Britain. During the 13th century, monks used eggnog in toasts to prosperity and good living. It is however used or enjoyed during holidays which made it part of Christmas.
Christmas is also known as “Feast day of Christ”?
I guess some of you would be wondering why I placed last. Well, it still seems like a mystery to me. Christmas which is celebrated in significance to Jesus’s birth is also known as “Feast day”. However the answer is with me but your answer will be made known.