Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way;
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.
Christmas is just knocking at the doors and it is time for celebrations. Millions around the world are prepping themselves up for this much-awaited time of the year when there is boundless fun, food, drinks and more… But the question is, did you ever try finding out facts behind this enormously popular festival? Here is your chance to learn 30 interesting Christmas facts that you and most of us were probably unaware of. Let’s begin!
Interesting Christmas Facts: 1-10
1. Two words – Christ’s Mass are the sources of the word Christmas. Christmas in Old English was referred to as Cristesmæsse, which in modern English literally translates into Christian Mass.
2. Whenever the word Christmas comes to our minds, one name that we invariably think of is Santa Claus but there are other popular names too!
3. Most popular of them is Saint Nicholas. The other two popular Christmas figures are Father Christmas and Christkind.
4. Christmas holidays were referred to as ‘nativity’ and ‘midwinter’ by the Anglo-Saxons.
5. Edward Johnson was the person who first invented the Christmas lights in year 1882.
6. Christmas caroling is a very old custom and originated as old English custom. Christmas caroling was originally a toast to long life and was known as wassailing.
7. Dutch customs gave birth to the stockings hanging tradition. Dutch people originally used to put food in shoes for the donkey of Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas in return used to leave small gifts as a gesture of appreciation.
8. 13th century saw the birth of the Christmas carol singing custom in churches. It was St. Francis of Assisi who started this tradition.
9. In 12th century, socks filled with nuts were left at the doorsteps of poor people by nuns. The nuns also used to stuff the socks with tangerines and fruits. This gave birth to the tradition of stuffing tangerines in socks.
10. If ever Santa actually tried to visit every home at Christmas Eve, he would have to visit a minimum of 822 homes per second.