Every year Christmas is celebrated on December 25 and the celebrations have begun with cultural traditions. We all love the vibes of the Christmas festival but not much of us actually know about why Christmas is celebrated. So let’s understand and unfold the faded story of the festival.
-Christmas, also known as X’Mas is celebrated every year as it observes the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. This festival is the start of the Christian liturgical year and initiates the 12 days of Christmastide.
-Christmas supposedly marks the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. But there is no mention of December 25 in the Bible and most historians actually believe he was born in the spring.
-Christmas was declared illegal in England in the year 1644 by an act of Parliament due to the fact that it was associated with revelry and merrymaking.
-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 two were sketched in front of a Christmas tree and the tradition instantly became popular.
-The reason we give gifts at Christmas is to signify the presents given to the baby Jesus.
-Christmas was not immediately accepted by the Christians because of its roots in pagan festivals. In fact, from 1659 to 1681, it was illegal to celebrate Christmas in Boston. People were fined if they were caught celebrating.
-Decorating the Christmas tree is a traditional ritual wherein an oak tree is decorated and pointed like a fir tree. Bells, stars, candles, candy, stockings and angels are used as decoration elements along with gift boxes.
-Silent Night song is the most recorded Christmas song in history. It has over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978
Where did Santa Claus come from?
During the 4 century, there was a bishop in Turkey named Saint Nicholas, who would leave gifts and goodies for kids. Soon children started putting shoes or stockings near the fireplace so that he could put gifts in them. It is said that Santa Claus came from North America and was named as Sinter Klass by Dutch children. Santa Claus is a grandfatherly man who has a round and big belly, bushy white beard and he wears a red and white suit.