The History of Christmas Traditions and Fun Stuff
Christmas time has come! We all love this holiday, however, few of us know its history well enough. Christmas is a time of giving and receiving presents, so today we want to share some interesting facts about Christmas' origin with you.
I. Is Christmas always celebrated on the 25th of December?
Many people believe that Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December all around the world. However, in different countries and in different Christian traditions there are some other dates for this holiday.
For example, some Orthodox churches use the old "Julian" calendar for their religious celebrations, so people in Russia, Jerusalem and Ukraine celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January.
The interesting fact is that Christmas is not the most beloved holiday among Russians as they consider New Year's Day as the most important holiday of the year. In Armenia people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on the 6th of January.
II. Christmas or Xmas?
Christmas is sometimes called Xmas, though some people believe such title is incorrect as that takes the "Christ" out of Christmas. Well, we have an explanation: in the Greek language and alphabet, the letter that looks like an X is the Greek letter chi / Χ which is the first letter of the Greek word for Christ, Christos. That's why both variants (Xmas and Christmas) are actually correct!
III. The origin of Christmas carols
Carols are NOT of Christian origin. Sung thousands of years ago, they were pagan. It is believed that people sang carols at the Winter Solstice festivals. During such festivals people were dancing round stone circles, thus singing the longest night of the year out. Early Christians took over the pagan solstice celebrations for Christmas and gave people Christian songs to sing instead of pagan ones.
IV. Christmas Tree
The evergreen fir tree was traditionally used to celebrate winter pagan festivals. Pagans used branches of the green tree to decorate their houses, while Christians consider the tree a sign of everlasting life with God.
There is a beautiful legend about the first person to bring a Christmas Tree home. It was the 16th century preacher Martin Luther. Once he saw stars shining though the fir-tree branches and this starlight reminded him of God. So he brought the tree home to decorate it and to make it just as gorgeous and shining as in his vision.
And now - the funny part. Look how cats help their owners to decorate Christmas Trees!
1. You wanna be on top!
2. Your fluffy buddy is having a good time!
3. Some like it sweet
4. The rise of a hunter
5. This cat approves the new Christmas Tree
6. The cat seems to be so happy
7. "Dat booty"
8. A Cat Topper is the Best Topper
9. A cat meeting
10. Can you find the cat?
11. The bad guy
12. Poor thing! He could't resist Christmas Tree's magic!
V. The legend of Santa Claus
Have you ever heard about St. Nicholas? He was a Bishop who lived in the 4th century AD in a place now called Turkey. He was born in a very rich family, yet he was unspoiled creature and had a heart of gold. He has always been helping the poor and he still does! He is considered the Father of the gift-giving tradition.
In the 16th Century in Europe, the stories and traditions about St. Nicholas had become very unpopular.
But someone had to deliver presents to children at Christmas, so in the UK, particularly in England, he became 'Father Christmas', a character from old children's stories.
Today we know him as Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and, finally, Santa Claus.
This funny video will show you what Santa Claus' little helpers think about Christmas:)
Why do we love Christmas so tenderly?
Christmas is an amazing, warm and kind holiday. It is really about a big present that God gave us about 2000 years ago - Jesus.
We all love Christmas for the tradition of giving and receiving presents. Today, we give you a present of laughter - with these ugly, yet hilarious Christmas sweaters.
1. Breastfeeding Ugly Sweater
2. Ugly Sweater for Hairy Christmas
3. What is it? A mantelpiece?
4. Hairy Christmas Part 2
5. Reindeer Ugly Sweater
6. Fir-tree Ugly sweater
7. Christmas Tree ugly sweater
8. When Santa meets dinosaur
9. Ugly Sweater Combo
Have you known all the facts about Christmas we prepared for you? Then, you are welcome to check your knowledge in our test! (Click here)
Which of the cats and sweaters do you like most? Please, tell us in the comments below.
Find Christmas spirit in the most touching video about Christmas and family! (Click here to watch the video)
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