Have you ever wondered why we have certain traditions to go along with Christmas? A lot of it has to do with our amazing country. We are a melting pot of different ancestral backgrounds and our immigrant forefathers brought their own spin on December 25th. Here are some interesting facts about Christmas.
- In Greece, the first slice of their Christmas bread must go to the homeless
- The German phrase 'Christkindl' translates to “Christ child,” and it eventually evolved into “Kris Kringle.”
- Also in Germany, they believe people who haven't sinned will witness a miracle on Christmas Eve
- The candy cane represents two things, first is a shepherd's hook and secondly the letter 'J'. Both represent Jesus and the red/white color symbolize the crucifixion.
- Kiss under the mistletoe was brought over from Scandinavia. It was believe that it was a symbol of healing and fertility.
- The Yule Long is a slow burning wood and the Romans believed that by burning it in your home gave good luck.
- Australian Santas are not allowed to say "ho, ho, ho" because it is thought to offend women.
- Hungarians are not allowed to eat their Christmas meal until they see a twinkling star.
- The Dutch version of Santa Claus is named 'Sinterklaas' and he fills the children's wooden shoes with presents.
- 'Mos Craciun' is the Romanian Santa and he also fills children's shoes with gifts.
- Mexican 'Feliz Navidad' has this crazy tradition, if you wear red underwear on Christmas you will find a new love in the coming year.
- The poinsettia is from Mexico and is actually nontoxic
- Russians tell the story of Babushka - and old woman who met the Wise Men on Christmas Eve, she also wanted to give baby Jesus a gift but by the time she got there they had already left. They say she still is searching for Him.
- The fabled 'King Arthur' pulled the famous sword from the stone on Christmas Day.
- Queen Elizabeth I is believed to have served the first gingerbread men.
- Christmas was originally called 'Christ's Mass'.
- The term 'Merry X-Mas' is actually religious. 'X' is a Greek Letter 'chi' which they use represent the name Christ.