Meta: Some vital facts and figures surrounding Christmas.
Anyone who has ever watched a medical drama, can I hear it for Greys Anatomy, or taken some form of a biology or physical education class has heard the phrase – “vital signs”. You may be wondering what your key indicators of life have to do with Christmas but we here at Sir Holiday thought that it might be fun to track some of the key facts and figures surrounding Christmas. Just keep you up to date with all of the vital information to give you the most interesting and best ever Christmas yet, now if only we could arrange meetings with Santa.
First of all let’s just get through some of the basics, Christmasis observed on the 25th of December each year throughout much of the world, Christmas is rather unique in the fact that there are many different types of people who celebrate Christmas and not all of them are necessarily Christian. There are many different names for Christmas, the one Noel is Latin in origin and comes from the word ‘natalis’ meaning natal or birth, this word came to be associated with Christmastime amongst English folk in the 1300’s. Christmas lights had to be invented and aren’t we glad that they were in 1882 no less, the inventor Edward Johnson created Christmas lights for our Christmas trees and changed Christmas decorations for ever more.
Do you know how fast Santa’s chariot would have to be in order for him to visit every single home in the entire world? Well, Santa would have to be able to visit 822 homes per second and I know what you’re thinking the reindeer are fast and powered by magic but are they 822 homes per second fast, I guess we’ll never know. The custom of hanging stockings out over the time of advent comes from an ancient Dutch practice where families would hang stockings out over the fireplace for St Nick’s donkeys that were filled with treats for them to eat and in return the children would receive plenty of little gifts in return.
The very first artificial Christmas trees were made in Germany out of Goose feathers that had been dyed to look like the leaves of fir trees. Obviously today we make them using plastic, since there really aren’t enough geese for all of us to have Christmas trees. In the USA Christmas took quite a long time to become an official part of the holiday calendar for all American citizens; however in June on the 26th in 1870 the US Government made Christmas a national holiday.
The man who Santa Clause is based on Saint Nicholas really did live, however he was not exactly the fun, jolly, child loving figure we have all come to know and love, chances are he was more likely to be a source of severe discipline for children and a warning that bad things are on their way. Luckily though not all traditions stick, for all your holiday information and more be sure to visit SirHoliday today.
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