Thursday, 22 December 2016

Blogmas Day 22 - Christmas Trivia

Blogmas Day 22

Hey, so obviously Christmas isn’t just about the gifts and the company but there actually some story around it so today I thought I would share with you my top 10 unusual Christmas facts:

-Christmas supposedly marks the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. But there is no mention of December 25 in the Bible and it is thought he was most likely born in the spring.

 -Many of the well-known Christmas traditions today found their roots in Saturnalia: Branches from evergreen trees were used during winter solstice as a reminder of the green plants that would grow in spring when the sun gods grew strong.

-December 25 was the actual date of ancient pagan festival Saturnalia, which celebrated the agricultural god Saturn with partying, gambling, and gift-giving.

-The Christmas tree made its way to America in the 1830s but wasn’t popular until 1846, after Germany’s Prince Albert brought it to England when he married Queen Victoria. The British made it popular, go us!

-These evergreen branches became the foundation of our Christmas tree. Germans are thought to be the first to bring “Christmas trees” into their homes at the holidays and decorate them with cookies and lights and then later came the baubles.

-Father Christmas was originally green as shown in Dicken’s Christmas carol but was changed to having red clothes by the company of coca cola but people still think he always had red clothing, the look of the jolly old man giving out gifts was created in 1804 at a meeting.

-The song “White Christmas which is definitely one of my favourite Christmas songs is the most downloaded Christmas song.

-Stockings are used because, 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, isn’t that just so adorable.

-Rudolph was almost named Rollo or Reginald. Reginald the Red-Nosed Reindeer just doesn’t sound like a reindeer. Rudolph the reindeer was also actually created to be a toy by a department store.

-The most recorded song for Christmas ever is Silent Night with over 733 different versions of the Christmas carol copyrighted since 1978.

I hope you enjoyed this and come back tomorrow for more. Let me know of anything you would like me to talk about in another future post. That’s all for now,

Bella xxx

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