DID YOU KNOW:
- The origin of Christmas trees goes back to ancient Egyptians and Romans. They used evergreen trees like fir or pine trees, wreaths, and garlands. Modern Christmas trees started in Germany in the 16th century.
- Singing carols is a tradition based on the English custom of wassailing, which was a tradition to toast to someone’s good health and fortune. St. Francis of Assisi took this tradition and converted it to the modern form of carolling.
- Mistletoe is supposed to be a symbol of love, laughter, and compassion. And the tradition of a kiss under the mistletoe is supposed to a way of asking for the blessings of the spirits of Christmas through the mistletoe.
- The tradition of nailing Christmas stockings near a fireplace came about in order to help Santa have a place to stuff candies and goodies for bright and cheerful children of the world.
- Christmas holidays are referred to as the ‘12 days of Christmas’ because the three kings took twelve days to travel to the birthplace of baby Jesus.
- The traditional Christmas meal in England before turkey became the obvious choice of food for the holidays was a pig’s head covered with mustard.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.