Christmas is an annual celebration celebrated by Christians for years on December 25.
Two young children wrapped in Christmas lights | Image by Rebecca Handler(Getty Images)
On December 25 christians celebrates Christmas, a day which is believed to be the date of birth of Jesus Christ or used to signify his birth.
Here are the 9 surprising facts about Christmas Trees you should know:
1. The First Christmas Celebrated
Did you know Christmas was first celebrated in Rome on December 25, AD 336?
2. Christmas is not on December 25 (Jesus Date of birth not known)
There is no mention of December 25 or the time of the birth of Jesus Christ in the Bible. Most historians actually believe Jesus was born in the spring, not the winter. And his birthday itself didn’t become the official holiday until the third century. Some historian posit that the date was actually chosen because it coincided with the pagan festival of Saturnalia, which honored the agricultural god Saturn with celebrating and gift-giving.
3. Other Christmas names
Christmas is also called Nativity, Noel , Xmas, Anglo Saxons and old carols.
4. Prince Albert introduced the Christmas tree.
Prince Albert of Germany introduced the tree to his new wife, Queen Victoria of England which propelled the tradition of using christmas trees, however, the origin of Christmas trees goes all the way back to ancient Egyptians and Romans, who marked the winter solstice with evergreens as a reminder that spring would return soon. A drawing of Prince Albert and his wife in front of a Christmas tree appeared in Illustrated London News way back in 1848 and as we say today, the idea went viral and still used.
5. Christmas Color Meaning
The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth
6. Santa Claus Origin
Santa Claus is a Dutch word that is actually Sinter Claus, Saint Nicholas, in English.
Saint Nicholas was the supposed early Bishop of a church in Asia Minor [the modern country of Turkey]. He became aware of some desperate needs in his congregation, and a family having to sell their children into slavery, so one night he came and left money on their doorstep. It was gold in a stocking.
7. Santa Claus suits
Do you know Santa Claus has worn blue and white and green suit in the past, red suits wasn’t his traditional until 1930s when red suit was used for a ad by Coca Cola.
8. Christmas Songs
Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978, White Christmas” is the best-selling song of all time.
9. Jingle Bells
The popular Christmas song”jingle Bells” was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas