Myths & Facts About Christmas
Myths & Facts About Christmas: Here are some myths and facts about Christmas you should know and share with others as well.
In this article, we will take you through some myths and facts about Christmas and its celebration. Some of these facts and myths are actually what you may have come across before, while others may seem strange and you may be encountering them for the first time in your life. We have surfed the internet, peruse through relevant articles to come up with these Christmas facts and myths.
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1. Coca-Cola invented the modern image of Santa Claus: It is now widely believed that Santa is a fat, jolly, red-suited man with a long beard. Although in 1931 Coca-Cola commissioned artist Haddon Sundblom to create images of Santa Claus drinking from a bottle of Coke; but that’s not enough to say that the company invented Santa Claus.
2. December 25 was the date Jesus was born: Although Christmas which marks the Nativity of Jesus Christ is celebrated all over the world on the 25th of December every year, but from the Bible stories surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ, it’s speculated that he might have been born around September or October; judging with the Shepherds story, the Weather conditions in Bethlehem around December, and the census.
3. The story of the Three (3) Wise Men Who visited Jesus At Birth: Bible especially the Book of Matthew records that the wise men came from the east to Jerusalem bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh visited the infant Jesus but the number believed to be three ain’t specified. Also it’s not mentioned truly that baby Jesus was laid on a manger.
4. Invention of Christmas Tree By Prince Albert: In 1848 it is reported that according to tradition the husband of Queen Victoria brought the Christmas tree to England from his native Germany for the first time; but it’s believed that those in Britain had already been observing the tradition for around 100 years before to this.
5. The Actual Story behind Boxing Day: There are many mythical stories attached to the popular 26th Day of every December set aside for the Boxing day; but the actual fact behind the boxing day is it began in the Middle Ages in the UK, as this was the day that churches opened their collection boxes, from which they would distribute money to the poor.
6. Christmas Being The Most Important Holiday For Christians: Although the Christmas, the time for the celebration of Christ’s birth comes with lots of preparations, ceremonies, travels, and anticipations; but no, it ain’t the most important Christian holiday. Easter (which lasts for up to two months) the time for the commemoration of the death and rise from death of Jesus Christ is still more important that Christmas.
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7. Is “Xmas” Is A Sacrilegious Abbreviation?: I don’t know what you know or believe about the widely used abbreviation “XMAS”, but let’s see what we have here for you on that. Staunch Christians believe that “X” which is used in computerization as symbol for Delete, Close, cancel, terminate, end, etc. is used to replace “Christ” in the word “Christmas” making lots of Christians to frown at the use of the abbreviation. But let’s let at that from another perspective; the ‘X’ is simply a substitute for the Greek word “Chi” which represents Christ. So judging with the latter fact about the meaning of ‘X’, there should be no offense. Anyways, it’s not always how Christmas is been spelt, but the reason for the celebration.
8. Was Jesus Christ Born A Stable?: Let’s look at the story about Jesus been born in a stable. Was Christ actually delivered in a stable? Okay, for hundreds of years it’s been said and believed that Jesus Christ was was born in a barn, surrounded by farm animals and shepherds because there was no room at the inn. But how true is that story? Let’s take a look at another fact: reports have it that Reverend Ian Paul (Minister and Biblical Scholar) insists Jesus Christ was given birth to in a stable, but in a busy room in a family home. According to the Reverend, the misconception comes from poor translation of the original Greek text, which made it sound as if the birth took place where there are farm animals in a barn or stable. The Greek word ‘kataluma’, he says, was wrongly translated as ‘inn’; but he says the word really means ‘private room’ or ‘lodging’. Do you believe his own story or the widely told one? It’s up to you (smiles).
9. Who Is Santa Claus, St Nicholas Or Who?: Some have the misconception that Santa Claus is the same person with St Nicholas; but no, they are different persons. St Nicholas was a bishop in Turkey during the 4th Century who would leave money in the stockings of poor people; and 6th December is St Nicholas Day. According to legends, Europeans morphed St Nicholas into Father Christmas, who them became Santa Claus.
10. Is “Jingle Bells” A Christmas Song?: Most of us grew up to realize that Jingle Bells is a song played mostly during Christmas time, especially as the celebration draws close. But the ‘Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way’ tune is not actually made to be Christmas song. Although it’s now among the most popular known and sung Christmas song; but historical records have it that it was written for American Thanksgiving. James Lord Pierpont (American composer) penned the song in the 1850s for his Sunday school class. It was originally titled “One Horse Open Sleigh”. Eventually, the lyrics were changed to fit Christmas. I bet some of us don’t know about this till this day.
11. Is Jesus Only Child Of His Parents?: Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit, and it’s recorded and believed till death that he is the only child of Mary born of the Holy spirit; but there is no further proofs or conviction that Jesus’ parents (Joseph and Mary) did or didn’t have other children. Even the Bible makes several references to Jesus’ brothers, indicating that he grew up surrounded by siblings. Although we can’t say if they were his biological siblings or members of his extended family.
12. Suicides Are At Peak During Christmas: This is only a mere speculation or guess because there are not proofs or research evidence to buttress that; rather we believe it should be the opposide because Christmas is a time for people to be merry and cheerful with increased social interactions.
Now Let Us Take More Looks At More Facts About Christmas And Its Celebration Among Christians Worldwide, including crucial and thrilling facts about and behind some popular Christmas songs.
1. Santa Claus delivering presents comes from Holland’s celebration of St. Nicholas’ feast day on Dec. 6. Children would leave shoes out the night before and, in the morning, would find little gifts that St. Nicholas would leave them. After his death, the legend of St. Nicholas spread. St. Nick’s name became Sint-Nicolaas in Dutch, or Sinter Klaas for short. Which is only a hop, skip and a jump to Santa Claus.
2. Because of its roots in pagan festivals, Christmas was not immediately accepted by the religious. In fact, from 1659 to 1681, it was illegal to celebrate Christmas in Boston, of all places. You were fined if you were caught celebrating.
3. The well-known reason we give presents at Christmas is to symbolize the gifts given to baby Jesus by the three wise men. But it may also stem from the Saturnalia tradition that required revelers to offer up rituals to the gods.
4. It’s important you know that many of the popular 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. These evergreen branches became the foundation of our Christmas tree. Germans are thought to be the first to bring “Christmas trees” into their homes during the holidays and decorate them with cookies and lights.
5. As mentioned already on this post, December 25 was likely chosen because it coincided with the ancient pagan festival Saturnalia, which celebrated the agricultural god Saturn with partying, gambling and gift-giving. Christmas supposedly marks the birth of Jesus Christ on 25th of December; but there is no mention of the date in the Bible and most historians actually believe he was born in the spring.
6. The most-recorded Christmas song in history is “Silent Night”, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978. Legend has it that “Silent Night” was written by Father Joseph Mohr in Austria, who was determined to have music at his Christmas service after his organ broke. In reality, a priest wrote it while stationed at a pilgrim church in Austria. Also “White Christmas” is the best-selling song of all time.
7. The fact about “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” will thrill you. The song actually has a truly depressing backstory: songwriter James “Haven” Gillespie was broke, jobless and his brother had just died when he was asked to write a Christmas song. He was originally too overcome with grief, but eventually found inspiration in his brother’s death and the Christmas memories they had together.
8. The original lyrics to “Hark! The Herald Angel Sing” were “Hark! How the Welkin rings!” Welkin is an old, English term for Heaven. A preacher later tweaked the lyric. It’s also recorded that Boston church leaders tried to have the song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” banned in the 1950s because they thought it “promoted physical intimacy.” Singer Jimmy Boyd had to fly to Boston and explain to them why it wasn’t obscene.
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9. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey (American singer and Songwriter) holds the Guinness World Records title for the highest-charting holiday song. In the music video, Santa is played by Mariah’s then-husband, Tommy Mottola.
10. Do you know that the highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”; The Jim Carrey version? Now you have known.
11. You need to know that one of the reasons we leave milk and cookies for Santa is because Dutch kids would leave food and drink for St. Nicholas on his feast day. Also we leave carrots for Santa Claus’ reindeer because, in Norse mythology, people left hay and treats for Odin’s eight-legged horse, Sleipnir, “in hopes the god would stop by their home during his Yule hunting adventures.” Dutch children adopted this tradition too and would leave treats for St. Nick’s horse.
12. Stockings aspects come from this story: 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.
13. In the past Santa Claus has worn blue and white and green, his traditional red suit came from a 1930s ad by Coca Cola. The look of Santa Claus we have today was created at an 1804 meeting of the New York Historical Society, where member John Pintard handed out wooden cutouts of jolly old St. Nick in front of stockings filled with toys.
14. You also know that the image of Santa Claus flying in a sleigh started in 1819…and was dreamt up by the same author who created the Headless Horseman, Washington Irving.
15. I think this one is stunning and shocking as well. Not all Christmas characters are as…benevolent. There’s also Krampus, made infamous by the 2015 horror movie of the same name, a horned, hooved demon who punishes naughty children by beating them or dragging them to Hell, according to Austrian folklore.
Pretty sure you now have what to share with people (family members and friends) during Christmas period. We have carefully sourced and compiled these facts and myths for better understanding. Feel free to share this post on any social media to give others the opportunity to discover and know more about Christmas and its celebration.
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