Certain things arguably come to mind when we hear the word ‘Christmas.’ Reindeer, Santa Claus, egg nog, shortbread cookies, carols and Christ are just a few examples of what I personally associate with Christmas, but I imagine the terminology may differ depending on who you’re asking.
Aside from the stereotypical affiliations we make with this holiday, there may be some things about the day in question you’re not aware of. I did a little bit of research to see if I could come across any interesting or unknown facts related to Christmas, and here we are.
This information comes from Good Housekeeping’s website.
- Christmas has been celebrated on dates other than the 25th of December in past centuries
- Prince Albert of Germany is to thank for introducing the concept of the famous Christmas tree as he presented the tree to his new wife, Queen Victoria of England
- St. Nick, who inspired the concept of Santa Claus, supposedly donated the majority of his inheritance to benefit those in need and also women rescued from servitude
- Some of the earliest images of Santa are supposed to be quite terrifying. I’ll let you Google that one on your own
- The tradition of hanging stockings was inspired by a less fortunate man who wasn’t able to come up with the money for the dowries of his three daughters. The girls had their stockings by the fire to dry one evening when St. Nick deposited a bag of gold down their chimney, resulting in the festive activity many of us participate in today
- The song Jingle Bells was originally intended for Thanksgiving
- The first batch of American eggnog was created by the Jamestown settlers
- Roughly 15,000 people end up in the emergency room every year as a result of hanging Christmas decorations
Although pretty random, this presents some interesting knowledge, am I right?