10 Facts You Did Not Know About Christmas
Christmas – The Holiday of lights. We love Christmas especially for the reason that Christmas makes the nights beautiful with the hilarious Christmas lights decorations which honestly give you the feeling like you’re in Wonderland.
You know you love Christmas, but did you know facts about Christmas?
1.Christmas decorations. The traditional colors of Christmas are red, green and gold. The red color symbolizes the blood of Christ, the green color symbolizes eternal life and gold represents the Christmas lights and symbolizes wealth and royalty.
2.Christmas songs in space. In 1965, two NASA astronauts spotted something in space on their way back to orbit but they couldn’t identify what it is. After several minutes of silence, engineers at Cape Canaveral began to hear a jingle followed by a harmonica. The jingle was “Jingle Bells” which was actually played by the two astronauts. After coming back, they donated the harmonica and bells to the National Museum of Space and Aeronautics in Washington.
3.The first performance of “Silent Night”. “Silent Night” was first sung in Austria in 1818 in former St. Nicholas church as part of the church service and was played by guitar because the church organ was rusted and couldn’t be played.
4.Christmas Truce in War. During the World War I Christmas was celebrated, the soldiers took a Christmas Eve break from fighting and started to sing Christmas carols in the battlefield. German soldiers approached the Allied troops while calling out “Merry Christmas” in English and luckily it wasn’t a trick. Dozens of British soldiers greet them and shake hands and some of them were exchanging cigarettes as Christmas gifts. Later in 1914 dubbed Christmas Truce as one of the best examples of wartime chivalry.
5.Showing gratitude for Christmas. Every year since 1947, the people of Oslo, Norway give Christmas tree to the people of Westminster, England to show them good will for Britain’s help to Norway during the World War II.
6.The surprising banned Christmas. In Boston, from 1659 to 1681 the holiday spirit for Christmas decorations could cost you a fine since observing Christmas was criminally illegal at the time for the reason that they believed it was insult to God. Christmas tree decorations were considered to be unholy pagan rituals. All activities including dancing, celebration, drinking and singing Christmas carols were banned as well. Shocking as it may sound, it took almost a century for Christmas to become legal and proclaimed as a federal holiday.
7.Legalization of Christmas. In addition to the previous paragraph, Alabama was the first state in the United Stated to officially recognize Christmas in 1836.
8.The first lighted Christmas tree. The first person to decorate a Christmas tree was the Protestant reformer Martin Luther. It is said that, he was moved by the beauty of the shining stars, so he brought home a small Christmas tree and decorated it with candles to show his children how the stars twinkled through the dark night.
9. Legalization of Christmas in Oklahoma. Oklahoma was the last state in the United Stated to proclaim Christmas as federal holiday, they recognized Christmas in 1907.
10.Santa Clause is real. The image of Santa Clause is not imaginary since it is based on a real person called St. Nikolas of Myra (also known as Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna) who lived during the 4th century, who was born in Patara (now known as Turkey), who is the most popular non – Biblical saint, artists have portrayed him more than any other saint, except for Mary.