6 Surprising Fun Facts About Christmas
08 Dec 2016
Happy Belated Birthday? Here, 6 fun facts about Christmas you probably don't know.
1. THE REAL SANTA WAS NOT SO ROUND
Santa is based on the true story of St. Nicholas, otherwise known as 'Father Christmas', and as early depictions of the real Santa Clause would show, he was far from the jolly, round figure we've come to know. Instead, he was a man of authority and poise.
2. CREEPY CRAWLERS ARE USED TO DECORATE
Fortunately this embellishment is not universal, but for Poland, spiders and spider webs are actually used to decorate the Christmas tree. Due to the popular myth being Baby Jesus' blanket was woven by a spider, Polish people regard them symbolic of opulence.
3. 'WHITE CHRISTMAS' IS THE WORLD'S BESTSELLING SONG
The first Guinness Book of Records listed this song in 1955 as "the best-selling single of all time" selling approximately more than 50 million copies. Over 60 years later, Bing Crosby's 1942 wonder 'White Christmas' is incredibly, still the world's best selling single.
4. THE WRONG DATE
Contrary to popular belief, there's actually no biblical reference to confirm Jesus was born on December 25. Instead, historians have reason to believe that Jesus was born in Spring. Happy Belated Birthday?
5. THREE WISE GIFTS
Ugly sweater parties and overindulgent treats aside, exchanging gifts is more symbolic than we know. The true purpose behind gift-giving at Christmas is to remember and symbolise the special time when the three wise men gave baby Jesus gifts.
6. THANKSGIVING ALL THE WAY
Originally, the popular hit 'Jingle Bells' that we still sing to this day, was not intended for Christmas. It was first titled 'The One Horse Open Sleigh', a song specially written for Thanksgiving, before re-released in 1857 with a new title that jingles all the way.
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