9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Christmas

Hey, guys we all know that christmas comes too near and we today, 2 days before the Christmas we want to present you this article which is all about 9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Christmas. So, guys please enjoy this article below:

Santa Clause has a real zip code in Canada: Most children have written letters to the jolly red man over the decades. However, there is a real world location that people can send their letters to Santa. If done before the deadline, they will even get a response back before Christmas. North Pole. H0H 0H0,Canada.

The first song ever composed and recorded in space was a Christmas song: Chris Hadfield was an astronaut known for his social media savvy while on the job. He was always taking pictures from space and daily life and posting them back to Earth. Well one Christmas Eve, he sent out a song to his family. His Christmas song, Jewel of my Heart, went viral soon after.

The first artificial Christmas tree was made of toilet brushes: Artificial trees had been around for quite a while before this, mostly as goose down secured to metal branches. The Addis brush company looked at these trees and knew that they could be made better. They used the same technology that constructed their brush bristles, only they dyed them green. The result was a sturdier and longer lasting tree that could hold larger and heavier ornaments.

Japan eats Kentucky Fried Chicken for Christmas: In Japan, there is a huge shortage of turkeys. You can’t find a turkey hardly anywhere on a layman’s budget. Kentucky Fried chicken, seeing a huge niche to fill in the Christmas market, introduced their 1974 marketing campaign “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” which means Kentucky for Christmas! The campaign was a smashing success. Their special “Christmas chicken” comes with cake and champagne. It has become such a common fixture for a Christmas celebration in Japan that people wait in line for as long as two hours to get their share of the finger-licking good Christmas dinner.

NORAD’s Sixty Year stretch of Santa tracking started with a typo: A newspaper ad for the Colorado Springs Sears and Roebuck was supposed to send children to a hotline where they could talk to Santa. Instead, there was a typo that sent the children straight to the Continental Air Defense Command’s Hotline. Colonel Henry Shoup was directing NORAD at the time. Instead of turning away masses of disappointed children, the Colonel had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa and gave the children updates. This started a yearly tradition that NORAD took over in 1958.

 “The 12 Days of Christmas” was a Catholic Code From 1558 to 1829: Roman Catholics were not allowed to practice their faith openly. During that time period, someone wrote the 12 Days of Christmas to teach young Catholics the various realities of their faith. The song had two meanings: There is the literal one that we enjoy singing. Then there is a coded symbol for a child to remember. For example, ‘Six geese a Laying” referred to the six days of creation.

There is Etiquette to Kissing under the Mistletoe: Mistletoe was used in ancient times as a symbol of love and fertility. It was also used to promote good luck.. Most people have seen this sprig over the doorway of a Christmas party at least once. It was not until the Victorian era that couples started a tradition of kissing under the mistletoe in the doorway. It was said that anyone who kissed under the mistletoe would be granted good luck over the next year. But there were limited uses on this luck it seems! Whenever a man kisses a woman under the mistletoe, they are expected to take a berry off the sprig. When the berries run out, there was no more kissing under that mistletoe. Those left out had to wait until next year.. or the next party.

Christmas used to be Illegal in the United States: Being no one knows the actual day of Christ’s birth, December 25th was chosen as the day of celebration by Bishop Liberius in the year 354. This coincidentally fell on a pagan holiday, known in some regions as Saturnalia and others as Yule. Puritans refused to acknowledge the holiday, claiming it was a man-made holiday of revelry rather than the day of Christ’s birth. When they traveled to the colonies, motions were made to ban the celebration of Christmas. It became illegal from 1651 to 1681, with a fine of five shillings if you were caught. #2 Santa gets more than milk and cookies for Christmas. Milk and cookies for Santa is a common tradition seen in movies, books and households around the world. However, some places are a little more creative in their tributes to Jolly old Saint Nick. Kids in Chili leave him a spiced sponge cake, while in Denmark families favor leaving a bowl of rice pudding. Many countries also have a custom of leaving carrots or hay for the reindeer. The number one gift to Santa from the grown ups of Australia. 

The Christmas Tree became fashionable due to Celebrity Culture: Large numbers of people emulate the fashion of those they look up to, from clothing to tiny dogs in oversized purses. In 1848, ‘celebrities’ included Queen Victoria and the royal family. Before this, decorating a tree around Yule has been a tradition long before Christianity began. However, by and large it was not The thing to do for Christmas. The practice was most prominent in Germany. When Queen Victoria wed Germany’s Prince Albert, he brought the tradition of the Christmas tree with him to the castle. When London news featured a sketch of the royal family standing around their Christmas tree, it immediately became fashionable in Britain and the East Coast American Society. It quickly spread into a common symbol of Christmas in the States and other countries from there.

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