Christmas wasn't always on December 25. PixelsChristmas wasn't always on December 25. Pixels

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, primarily observed on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it follows the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast, and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many countries, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season organized around it.

There have five things you need to know about Christmas.

Christmas wasn’t always on December 25

Did you know that not all Christians celebrate Christmas on the same day? In countries with large populations of Orthodox Christians*, such as Russia, the Ukraine and Romania, Christmas Day falls on 7 January. Some Greek Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on 7 January, too.

5 things you need to know about Christmas. Pixels
5 things you need to know about Christmas. Pixels

The Name Christmas come from Cristes maesse

The name ‘Christmas’ comes from the old English phrase Cristes maesse, which means ‘Christ’s mass’. But what about ‘Xmas’? Lots of people think this is just a modern-day abbreviation – but it actually dates back to the 16th century! The ‘X’ is said to represent the Greek letter ‘Chi’– the first letter in the Greek word for Christ, Χριστός (pronounced ‘Christos’).

Evergreens are an ancient tradition. Pixels
Evergreens are an ancient tradition. Pixels

Evergreens are an ancient tradition

The tradition of Christmas trees goes all the way back to the ancient Egyptians and Romans, who decorated with evergreens during the winter solstice to signify that spring would return. Evergreens reminded them of all the green plants that were to grow once the sun returned.

The Name Christmas come from Cristes maesse. Pixels
The Name Christmas come from Cristes maesse. Pixels

You can thank Prince Albert for your Christmas tree

Brew a steaming cup of tea when trimming your tree this year to pay homage to its origins. When Prince Albert of Germany got a tree for his new wife, Queen Victoria of England, the tradition really took off across the pond. A drawing of the couple in front of a Christmas tree first appeared in the Illustrated London News in 1848. After that, more and more folks starting following suit.

You can thank Prince Albert for your Christmas tree. Pixels
You can thank Prince Albert for your Christmas tree. Pixels

Coca-Cola played a part in Santa’s image

Before Coca-Cola decided to use his image for advertising, Santa looked spookier than jolly. Then, in 1931, the beverage company hired an illustrator named Haddon Sundblom to depict the jolly old man for magazine ads. Now, kids see visions of sugarplums instead of having Santa-themed nightmares.

 

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