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Transcript of Christmas
is a contraction of
which is derived from the Old English Cristes mæsse (first recorded in 1038). The letter
in Greek is the first letter of Christ, and
has been used as an abbreviation for Christmas since the mid 1500s.
Image by Tom Mooring
Saint Nicolas Was a real Saint. He lived in Myra in the 300s. Myra is in what's now Turkey. The German name for Saint Nicolas is
is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in countries around the world, including many whose populations are mostly non-Christian.
Decorating the TREE
Christmas wasn´t declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26th, 1870.
Christmas bells are believed to announce the arrival of baby Jesus and mark the beginning of the holiday season. The tinkling sound of bells guide the lost sheep back to the fold, just like the Lord would guide us to walk in His ways.
The Candy Cane
Is one of the most familiar symbols of Christmas. It dates back to 1670 in Europe but didn't appear in the U.S. until 1800s. The treat we see today, where the shape is Jesus' hook to shepherd his lambs and the color and stripes hold significance for purity Christ's sacrifice, became common in the mid 1900s.
Today, there are a wide variety of traditional ornaments, such as garland, tinsel, and candy canes.
Noche Buena Flower is from Mexico and its real name is Cuetlaxóchitl
The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red and gold.
St. Francis of Assisi introduced Christmas Carols to formal church service.
"Silent Night" was written and sang by Joseph Mohr and Xaver Gruber in December 24th, 1818.
Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S.
According to data analyzed from Facebook posts, two weeks before Christmas is one of the two most popular times for couples to break up. However, Christmas Day is the least favorite day for breakups.
According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.
The French gave the biggest Christmas present ever in 1886. It was the Statue of Liberty, and they gave it to the United States of America.
Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph's red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.
Christmas Star is originated from Philipines.
The tree was traditionally decorated with apples, nuts or dates.
The Germans made the
first artificial Christmas trees
out of dyed goose feathers in XVII century.
In the christmas tree an angel or star maybe placed at the top of the tree to represent the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity.
In Finland they decorate with candles and in Sweden the Christmas trees stay decorated 20 days after the celebration.