Christmas is a holiday that virtually everyone in the world celebrates. This wondrous holiday gives us time to give back to those that are closest to us in a way that is different and unique. Christmas invokes a spirit, a vibe, that sends our emotions to the rafters with high-flying wishes of glitz and sparkle. Every year, we spend time shopping and preparing for a joyous holiday that will burn memories into the mind of our past lives. While we are deep into this sense of wonder, we sometimes miss the subtleties that have existed throughout history – even the bizarre.
I am excited to present to you some of the most interesting Christmas facts I could find. If you know of any, even the crazy bizarre, leave it in a comment below.
Let’s dig in!
- All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.
- Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.
- In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.
- Many European countries believed that spirits, both good and evil, were active during the Twelve Days of Christmas. These spirits eventually evolved into Santa’s elves, especially under the influence of Clement C. Moore’s The Night Before Christmas(1779-1863) illustrated by Thomas Nast (1840-1902).
- Bolivians celebrate Misa del Gallo or “Mass of the Rooster” on Christmas Eve. Some people bring roosters to the midnight mass, a gesture that symbolizes the belief that a rooster was the first animal to announce the birth of Jesus.
- In Poland, spiders or spider webs are common Christmas trees decorations because according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. In fact, Polish people consider spiders to be symbols of goodness and prosperity at Christmas.
- Mistletoe (Viscum album) is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads though bird droppings.
So weather you subscribe to dung twigs or roasters this year, my sincere hope is that you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!