I am delighted that we get a Friday the 13th in December, I’m going to see a horror movie tonight and can’t think of a better way to spend a snowy winter’s eve. I think that there are probably elements of Christmas rooted in the supernatural but I couldn’t find enough facts related to this so just rounded up some kinda’ interesting ones instead!
- Evergreen was used during the winter solstice by the ancient Romans and Egyptians as a reminder of spring.
- Christmas was deemed a pagan holiday in the colonies from 1659-1681 and anyone caught celebrating it would be fined.
- 65% of Americans identify themselves as Christians but 90% celebrate Christmas.
- Jesus probably wasn’t born on December 25, the date was likely changed to align with the pagan festival of Saturnalia.
- The same man who dreamt up the Headless Horseman is also responsible for Santa’s sleigh.
- Eggnog was popularized in Jamestown in 1607.
- Christmas wreaths began as symbols of the crown of thorns worn by Jesus.
- Tinsel was once made with real silver and was outlawed for a period of time for containing real lead.
- Christmas is not actually recognized in the Bible as a holy day.
- Coca Cola was the first company to capitalize off the holly jolly image of Santa, he was originally depicted much older & creepier.
- Leaving cookies and milk for Santa emulates the Dutch practice of feasting on St. Nicholas day.
- Mistletoe was thought to be an aphrodisiac.
- According to Austrian folklore, Krampus is the demonic opposite of Santa and will drag naughty kids to hell. Way scarier than coal 😉
There you have it, 13 festive facts. Thanks for reading!