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CHRISTMAS: Unique Facts You May Not Know

Origins and History

  • Christmas wasn't always celebrated on December 25th. The Bible doesn't mention the exact date of Jesus' birth, and historians believe it was likely in the spring. The date of December 25th was chosen in the 4th century to coincide with the pagan Roman festival of Saturnalia.

  • The first Christmas tree wasn't decorated in Germany. The tradition of decorating Christmas trees actually originated in Latvia in the 15th century. It was later adopted by Germans and other European countries, and eventually made its way to America in the 19th century.

  • The modern Santa Claus image is based on a real person. The image of Santa Claus as a jolly, red-suited figure was popularized by Coca-Cola in the 1920s, but it is based on the Dutch Sinterklaas, who was inspired by a real saint named Nicholas of Myra.

  • The "Xmas" abbreviation for Christmas is not modern. The "X" is actually a representation of the Greek letter "Chi" (Χ), which is the first letter of the word "Christos" (Χριστός), meaning "Christ" in Greek. The abbreviation has been around since the 16th century.

Unique Customs and Traditions

  • In Finland, people visit saunas on Christmas Eve. Saunas are considered a place of purification and relaxation, and many Finns believe that visiting a sauna on Christmas Eve will cleanse their bodies and souls.

  • In Iceland, people exchange books on Christmas Eve. The tradition of "Jólabókaflóð" (literally "Christmas Book Flood") dates back to the 19th century and is a way to promote reading and literacy.

  • In Venezuela, people roller skate to church on Christmas Eve. This tradition is called "La Misa del Aguinaldo" (The Mass of the Aguinaldo) and is a way to celebrate the holiday and get some exercise.

  • In Norway, people hide their brooms on Christmas Eve. This tradition is said to prevent witches from riding them away on Christmas night.

  • In Australia, people often have barbecues on Christmas Day. Because Christmas falls in the summer in Australia, many people enjoy spending time outdoors and grilling their meals. #christmasfacts #holidayfun #realestate #localrealtor #listings #daynasellshomes #daynawilsonrealestateteam #seniorsrealestate #roi #kellerwilliamsrealty

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