Blogmas: 10 Interesting Facts About Christmas (8)

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Welcome to Day 8 of Blogmas! If you want to see a running list of my Blogmas posts, you can check them out here. (:

Today I thought I'd just give you guys a list of 10 interesting facts about Christmas. Enjoy!

1) Most of Santa's reindeer have male-sounding names, however, male reindeer shed their antlers during Christmas time, so Santa's reindeer are most likely female. (SOURCE)
Santa's Reindeer: Dasher, Cupid, Dancer, Prancer, Rudolph, Comet, Donner, Blitzen, and Vixen (IMAGE SOURCE)

2) The three traditional Christmas colors actually have significance. Red represents Christ's blood, Green is a symbol of life and rebirth, and Gold represents light, wealth and royalty. (SOURCE)

3) Christmas wasn't declared an official holiday until June 26, 1870. (SOURCE)

4) Christmas has its roots in pagan holidays including: Saturnalia (December 17-23), the Kalends (January 1-5), and Deus Sol Invictus, or Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun (December 25.) The Christian church disapproved and countered by declaring December 25 as Christ's day of birth, even though there's no evidence that Christ was born that day. (SOURCE)

5) Santa Claus is based on a real person: St. Nikolas of Myra, the world's most popular non-Biblical saint from the fourth century in modern-day Turkey. (SOURCE)
St. Nicholas of Myra (SOURCE)

6) All letters addressed to Santa in the United States go to Santa Claus, Indiana. (SOURCE)

7) Almost all of the popular Christmas songs, including 'Winter Wonderland' and 'I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas,' were written by Jewish people. (SOURCE)

8) The abbreviation "X-Mas" comes from the Greek letter "chi," represented by an X, which is the abbreviation for the word "Christ" in Greek. (SOURCE)

9) The candy cane was actually made in the shape of Jesus's hook that he used to shepherd his lambs. The red and white stripes signify purity and Christ's sacrifice. (SOURCE)

10) Mistletoe translates to "dung twig," which comes from the fact that mistletoe is created from bird droppings that contain seeds, falling on trees. (SOURCE)

Holiday Comment Challenge #8: 

Any of these facts surprise you? Which one's your favorite?

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  1. Now this post had me going haha! I love these and i was really surprised by a lot of them. Christmas has been told some many times its hard to know where it came from and who its from! The mistletoe got me haha like people are kissing over bird poop smh never again!!!

    1. Haha I'm glad! Yeah, these are only a FEW of the interesting facts that I found about Christmas...let that sink in. ;p Lol yeah the mistletoe one got me too. xD

      Lots of Love,