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10 Interesting Christmas Facts You Might Not Know

Its getting close to Christmas day so I figured I’d share 10 interesting Christmas facts that you might not know.

1. The Wreath – The use of this wreath comes from the Greek myth involving Apollo, Zeus’ son and the god of life and light, who fell in love with the nymph Daphne. When he pursued her she fled and asked the river god Peneus to help her. Peneus turned her into a laurel tree. From that day, Apollo wore a wreath of laurel on his head. – Click here to read more…

2. Mistletoe – In cultures across pre-Christian Europe, mistletoe was seen as a representation of divine male essence (and thus romance, fertility and vitality), possibly because of a resemblance between the berries and semen. – Click here to read more…

3. Yule Log – The Yule log has frequently been associated with having its origins in the historical Germanic paganism which was practiced across northern Europe prior to Christianization. One of the first people to do so was the English historian Henry Bourne, who, writing in the 1720s, described the practice occurring in the Tyne valley. Bourne theorised that the practice derives from customs in 6th to 7th century Anglo-Saxon paganism. – Click here to read more…

4. Elves – Elves were originally thought of as ambivalent beings with certain magical abilities capable of helping or hindering humans, but in later traditions became increasingly sinister and were believed to afflict humans and livestock in various ways. – Click here to read more…

5. Magi – Latin plural of magus; Ancient Greek: μάγος magos; Old Persian: maguš, Persian: مُغ‎ mogh; English singular magian, mage, magus, magusian, magusaean) is a term, used since at least the 4th century BC, to denote followers of Zoroaster, or rather, followers of what the Hellenistic world associated Zoroaster with, which was – in the main – the ability to read the stars, and manipulate the fate that the stars foretold. – Click here to read more…

6. Carol – The word carol is derived from the Old French word carole, a circle dance accompanied by singers (in turn derived from the Latin choraula). – Click here to read more…

7. Fruit Cake – Pope Innocent VIII (1432–1492) finally granted the use of butter, in a written permission known as the ‘Butter Letter’ or Butterbrief in 1490, giving permission to Saxony to use milk and butter in the North German Stollen fruit cakes. – Click here to read more…

8. Ho Ho Ho – “Ho ho ho” is a rendition of a particular type of deep-throated laugh or chuckle which is of Gaelic (Irish language) derivation. – Click here to read more…

9. Christmas Tree – According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, “The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands to symbolize eternal life was a custom of the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. Tree worship was common among the pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to Christianity in the Scandinavian customs of decorating the house and barn with evergreens at the New Year to scare away the devil and of setting up a tree for the birds during Christmastime. – Click here to read more…

10. Holly – The berries of various species are slightly toxic to humans, although its poisonous properties have been exaggerated and poisoning deaths are almost unknown. Berries attract birds that eat them after the frosts have reduced toxicity. However, if household pets ingest Holly, they are very liable to be poisoned, and it is a very good idea to keep holly decorations out of reach of pets and/or children. – Click here to read more…

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  • Minister Fortson

    Tom, sorry for taking so long to reply. I get tons of questions daily and sometimes, they get overlooked. I’m going through and trying to clear them up now. As for your answer, you can find it in this article:

    When Was Jesus Born According To The Bible?

  • Tom

    Hi there
    somehow I beileve Jesus was not born in december
    can you tell me approximately which month he was born in using a bible verse
    this would be some christmas info I could use