In the light of the holiday season, why don’t we do a little investigation of the many facts about Christmas and add a little to our holiday experience.

Christmas as we all know is a day to celebrate the birth of Christ our Savior. It is a religious and cultural celebration done around the world most commonly on December 25TH. Other days celebrated as Christmas are, January 7 (some Eastern Churches), January 6 (Armenian Apostolic and Armenian Evangelical Churches), January 19 (Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem), etc.

Now here are the facts;

1. There are lots of controversies surrounding the spelling of Christmas as Xmas, some see it as offensive, materialistic and irreligious. But in actuality the X represents the Greek Letter Chi in the Greek word Xpiotos which means Christ. And so X has been an acceptable representation of that for over hundred years now. So Christian can also be spelled as Xtian.

2. The popular song “Jingle Bell” is not about Christmas, it was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh” and was meant to be played on Thanksgiving. But people liked it so much that they changed the lyrics and the title to benefit as a Christmas song.

3. There’s an island in the Indian ocean called Christmas Island. It got its name because it was discovered on Christmas day and there are four other islands around the world with the same exact name and in the US, there are three towns named Santa Claus.

4. In Germany, Heiligabend, or Christmas eve, is said to be a magical time when the pure in heart can hear animals talking.

5. The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.

6. The “true love” mentioned in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does not refer to romantic couple, but the Catholic Church’s code for God. The person who receives the gifts represents someone who has accepted that code. For example, the “partridge in a pear tree” represents Christ. The “two turtledoves” represent the Old and New Testaments.

7. Boxing day gets its name from all the money collected in church alms-boxes for the poor

8. In Greece, Italy, Spain and Germany, workers get a Christmas bonus of one month’s salary by law.

9. During the Christmas of 1914 (world war 1), a truce was held between Germany and the UK. They decorated their shelters, exchanged gifts across no man’s land and played a game of football between themselves.

10. Many years ago in England a traditional Christmas dinner included a pig head served with mustard.

In addition to these facts, we also need to know that Christmas symbolizes God’s love for the people of earth, Christmas was the day he came to earth in form of Jesus, and began the process of redeeming the world. And so we must learn to spend Christmas, not only by sharing love to others but by acknowledging God’s love for us. He is the reason for the season…

Alright guys. Thanks for reading and Happy New Year in Advance.

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