It’s Christmas Eve today and you’re probably gearing up either for the Christmas festivities or the long weekend ahead! Either way, you are in a festive mood and ready to celebrate! While you’re at it, here’s a list 7 things about Christmas you probably didn’t know. Curious? Scroll down then!
The very first and probably the most surprising fact of the whole lot is…
Christmas wasn’t always celebrated on December 25th!
The Bible doesn’t really mention a particular date denoting the birth of Jesus. In the 4th Century, the Catholic Church decided to mark the birth of Jesus as an official holiday. For this, the date chosen was December 25th.
Santa Claus wears a red coat because…
Over the years, there have been Santa Claus coats of different colours – red, blue, green and so on. But the specific reason why the Santa Claus coat became red was because of a Coca Cola advertisement which had the Santa Claus wearing a red coat.
Ham is the festive favourite, and not turkey
According to data from Google Trends, there were more buyers of ham than turkey during the festive season! Surprising isn’t it, since people are seen buying turkeys rather than ham around Christmas time.
Not every Christmas carol has a happy history
All Christmas carols weren’t penned when the writers were in a celebratory mood. Many of these carols were written when they were going through some of the toughest phases of their lives. Yet, what is remarkable is they found enough inspiration to write cheery Christmas carols without letting the world know under what circumstances these celebratory carols were penned.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way…
The famous and much loved Christmas carol, Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way… was originally written for Thanksgiving. It was then republished in the year 1857 and titled to how we now refer to it.
Santa Claus has a specific pin code
Yes, you read it right! Santa Claus does have his own pin code where children can address their letters to. This was a move by the Canadian Post Office whose post masters realised there were numerous letters addressed to Santa Claus by children from all over the world. The pin code created exclusively for Santa Claus is H0H 0H0. So now you know where you should address your letter to Santa to!
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer would have almost become Reginald, the red-nosed reindeer
In the context of Christmas, the reindeer was first invented by a copywriter as part of a marketing gimmick for promoting a particular product – Montgomery Ward’s holiday colouring books. When the reindeer had to be named, they were about to name the reindeer Reginald but then changed it to Rudolph and that’s how we got our Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, had a very shiny nose…
Well folks, hope you had great fun reading this post! If you have any more points which you think should make it to this list, feel free to comment below.
Wish you all a Merry Christmas! Have fun!