Although there are many Grinch around the world, Christmas is one of the most anticipated celebrations and the one that hides the most secrets and interesting facts. For this reason, today the family Neighborhood Friends took on the task of investigating some curiosities about Christmas. Read on and find out what we found! Perhaps this information can help you talk during Christmas dinner with your family or at your posadas with friends.
1. Origin of the word Christmas and December 25
• The word Christmas comes from the Latin “Nativitas” which means birth.
• Although there is no exact date for the birth of Jesus in the Bible, it is believed that this day was chosen because pagan festivals were celebrated in December.
• As a way to eradicate them, the Catholic Church decided that December 25 would celebrate and remember the birth of the Savior.
2. Christmas tree
• As the story goes, the Christmas tree has its origins in Germany and represents the Holy Trinity.
• The first artificial trees were apparently made from painted goose feathers.
• Nowadays there are all types of Christmas trees. There are natural, artificial, dried branches that are decorated, metallic, large, medium, small and endless colors.
3.Meaning of Christmas colors
Nowadays it is very common to see houses with Christmas motifs in many colors, however, the traditional colors are green, red and gold. Green means birth and life; Red symbolizes the blood of Christ and gold represents royalty, wealth and light.
4. Santa Claus
• The iconic red-clad tough guy has evolved over the years. Writers and illustrators have participated in his image.
• The story goes that Saint Nicholas, the man who inspired Santa Claus, was a person with a lot of money who distributed his fortune among the poor before entering a monastery.
• Regarding his representation, according to various sources, Santa Claus did not always have a beard.
The image as we know it now was the work of artist and caricaturist Thomas Nast, who not only added the beard, but also illustrated him in red and with a plump body in 1870.
5. Rudolph the reindeer
• How many of us didn’t grow up loving Santa’s mythical companion, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? That’s why we couldn’t leave it out of the 10 Christmas curiosities in this article.
• It is said that the good Rodolfo was created in 1938 as part of a Christmas campaign for a commercial brand.
• Regarding the peculiar color of its nose, a group of Norwegian scientists assures that it is due to a parasitic infection of the respiratory system.
6. Christmas carols
• Christmas carols or village songs emerged to record important events in daily life; It was not until the 19th century that they began to be sung and listened to during festivals. There are currently two songs competing for the position of most listened to and best-selling song in history.
Do you know which ones they are? We’ll tell you right away!
• The first is “Silent Night.” According to historians, this carol was written in Austria in 1818 by Father Joseph Mohr and has more than 733 versions.
• On the other hand, it is estimated that the song Blanca Navidad by Irving Berlin is the best-selling single in the history of music with more than 100 million copies sold.
Which one do you like the most?
We hope you enjoyed this article and that you share what you found here with your family and friends. Thanks for reading until the end! If you know more Christmas curiosities, let us know in the comments. We wish you a warm and happy Christmas!
information taken from frikko