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- 7. The first Christmas cards appeared in 1843
- 6. Jingle Bells Originally Had a Different Title and Wasn’t a Christmas Song
- 5. The Magi Brought Jesus Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh for a Reason
- 4. Christmas trees were forbidden as a part of the celebrations until as late as 1640
- 3. The Norse God Odin was the Original Santa Claus
- 2. Traditional Colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold
- 1. Reason why Rudolph has a Red Nose
Woa, just a couple of weeks comes Christmas. These days, people prepare gifts for their freinds and family along with decorating their house for the special event. It is believed that Christmas has come into our mind long long ago. But sometimes things are not what they seem. Here are 7 things that you may not have known…
7. The first Christmas cards appeared in 1843
The first Christmas card originated in London in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole – a civil servant. He was too busy to write individual Christmas greetings to his family, friends and business colleagues so he asked his friend, the painter John Callcott Horsley, to design a card with an image and brief greeting that he could mail instead.
6. Jingle Bells Originally Had a Different Title and Wasn’t a Christmas Song
You are certainly very familiar with ‘’Jingle Bells” song on Christmas days. What you may not know nonetheless, is that Jingle Bells wasn’t composed in light of Christmas. But the history behind this song is it was not created for Christmas and the title was “One Horse Open Sleigh”. It was composed for a school festival in regards to Thanksgiving. After sometime, by some changes in lyrics and title changed to “Jingle Bells”.
5. The Magi Brought Jesus Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh for a Reason
According to Christian tradition, the Biblical Magi -also known as Wise Men- offered gold, myrrh and frankincense as gifts for Jesus’ birth. The selection of the specific gifts wasn’t coincidental, as each one of the gifts had great symbolism.
Gold was a gift usually offered to kings at the time, so this was how the Wise Men recognized Jesus as a king and honored his Kingdom of Heaven. As for frankincense, it was and still is regularly used in religious ceremonies, and symbolized Jesus’ divinity. Finally, myrrh was frequently used at the time -due to its strong and pleasant perfume – in embalming the dead. It’s almost as if the Wise Men knew that one day Jesus would perform the ultimate sacrifice, and die for everybody’s sins.
4. Christmas trees were forbidden as a part of the celebrations until as late as 1640
Since the tradition of bringing evergreen is a pagan custom, which is forbidden by God. Then, the early Church forbade them. The first recorded instance of a Christmas tree dates to 1510 when the town of Riga in Latvia brought a tree into the town square, decorated it and then burned it. Thankfully, we have relegated the burning part to the Yule log. Approximately 30-35 million Christmas trees are sold each year in the U.S.
3. The Norse God Odin was the Original Santa Claus
Most are aware of the ferocious Norse God, Odin, but not many know that he was the mythical figure most responsible for inspiring the birth of Santa Claus. According to Pagan myths, Odin was the leader of the Wild Hunt every Yule –the equivalent of Christmas for the Germanic Pagan Tribes- and he would ride his eight-legged horse, Sleipnir around the whole time. Sleipnir could cover long distances in a very short period of time, just like Santa’s sleigh and reindeer. According to the same traditions, children would fill their boots with carrots, straw and sugar, and place them near the chimney for Odin’s flying horse to eat while resting. Odin would then return the favor and reward those children for their kindness by leaving gifts, toys, and candies in the boots.
2. Traditional Colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold
Always wondered why Santa is red and the Christmas tree is green with gold and silver ornaments? Well, these traditions come from western and northern European customs. Green is the color of holly and mistletoe which symbolize life and rebirth, red is the color of love and energy which symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light, wealth and royalty.
1. Reason why Rudolph has a Red Nose
We are familiar with the image of Rudolph with a red nose when Christmas is coming but is there any explaination for it? The British Medical Journal took samples of mucus from the noses of five humans and two reindeer who all live in really cold places, just like Rudolph. The results of this scientific research concluded that Rudolf’s red nose is a result of the extremely low temperatures he has to face while flying during the icy nights, along with the excessive fatigue from overworking during Christmas. This scientific reason perfectly explains the red nose of Rudolph in folks.
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