Christmas is a beloved holiday of many people. Do you know very much Christmas
trivia? Do you know how it was chosen that the birth of Christ would be
celebrated on December 25th? In the year 440, the Church chose December
25th as it coincided with the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.
However, Winter Solstice was seen as a pagan holiday, so it is thought the
Church chose this date to “Christianize” the day. It is believed
that Christ was actually born in the spring when it was warmer and the shepherds
would actually be in the fields with their flock as the story goes.
Here is some Christmas trivia that may be news to you. Did you know that
an artist named W.C.T. Dobson invented the Christmas card? He started the
custom by sending cards to his friends in 1844. By 1846, the first commercial
Christmas cards were being produced. Where did the tradition of the Christmas
tree start? Evergreen trees have long been associated with the Winter Solstice,
so the tradition followed with the new holiday of Christmas. Prince Albert
was a German prince who brought the tradition to England when he married
Almost everyone has a favorite Christmas or holiday song. Did you know
this tidbit of Christmas trivia – that the first person to print Christmas
carols was Wynkyn de Worde? In 1521, he printed the Book of Carols. It is
thought that King Henry VIII wrote the carol “Greensleeves.” Who
began the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe? The Druids thought mistletoe
to be a very sacred plant and it is though they used it during human sacrifices.
The Englishmen started the tradition of removing a berry from the mistletoe
each time they kissed a girl. Do you know who wrote the classic “A
Visit From Saint Nick?” Clement Clark Moore wrote the much-loved poem
that begins “Twas the night before Christmas…” in 1822.