Unknown Facts About Christmas
Christmas is fast approaching; how about knowing some unknown and interesting Christmas facts? Few unknown Christmas facts include Statue of Liberty as a Christmas gift by French to the Americans, kwanzaa candles, etc. Know more interesting facts about Christmas here…
Christmas is fast approaching and all of us are in festive mood. All of us know few facts like:
- Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December every year.
- Christmas trees are decorated.
- Santa rides on a sledge that has reindeers
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How about knowing some interesting and unknown facts about Christmas? Exciting…read on to know some of the unknown facts about Christmas.
1. It is a holiday on Christmas for majority of us. Do you know which US state started the tradition of official holiday on Christmas? It was Alabama in the year 1836. The last state to declare Christmas as an official holiday is Oklahoma in the year 1907.
2. The largest Christmas present ever was the Statue of Liberty. It was given to the US by France in the year 1886.
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3. The first ever artificial Christmas tree was made by the Germans. They used goose feathers and dyed green to make this artificial Christmas trees.
4. It was believed by Ukrainians that seeing a spider web on a Christmas morning would bring good luck; this made them to decorate their Christmas tree with an artificial or fake spider and spider web. There is a folk tale behind this; it is believed that there lived a woman who was so poor that buying things for Christmas celebrations was not affordable to her. One Christmas morning, when she woke up she found spiders had trimmed her children’s tree with spider webs. The most surprising part of the story is that these webs turned into silver and gold once the sun started to shine.
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5. Will you be happy if someone said you should not cook a feast or sing a Christmas carol for Christmas? This is what happened between 1647 and 1660 in England. Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas celebrations and asked his soldiers to patrol the streets to see if anyone is celebrating Christmas. If they have prepared a feast, soldiers would take away it with them. The only acceptable way of celebrating Christmas was to attend a sermon.
6. How about getting Christmas presents on 6th of December? Yes…this is when Santa gives Christmas presents in Poland.
7. Even though Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December in Guatemala, adults would not exchange gifts until New Year. It is only children who get their presents on Christmas.
8. In the Kwanzaa ritual, they lit seven candles; three green, three red and one black and these candles represent seven principles of the Christmas celebration. There is significance for these colors; black symbolizes the faces of the Africans, red symbolizes the blood they shed and green symbolizes hope and the color of the motherland.
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9. Do you wish to know the history of Christmas carols? It is an old English custom called wassailing and meant “toasting neighbors to a long and healthy life.”
10. “The twelve days of Christmas” is a famous song; do you know how many gifts you will have if you receive all the gifts mentioned in this song? You should be having 346 gifts.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all my friends!
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