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Christmas is one of
the best times of year. Everyone is thinking about trees and
stockings, and that special something that they’re going to buy for
the people they love. But here are a few more facts that might cross
your mind next time you think of the most wonderful time of the
of the word Christmas to Xmas is derived from the Greek. The
letter “X” in the Greek alphabet is the letter “Chi”, which is
the beginning of the word “Christ” in Greek.
protector, Oliver Cromwell, prohibited the singing of Christmas
carols for eleven years for the years 1649-1660. He did this
because he thought that Christmas should be a very serious day
and so, the only celebrations were to be through sermon and
In 1643, the
British government abolished any celebration of Christmas.
When the Puritans
came to America in the 1630s, they strived to make Thanksgiving
Day the most important holiday instead of Christmas.
An Austrian priest
named Joseph Mohr in 1818 wrote “Silent Night”. He wrote it
because he was told on the morning of the Christmas Eve service
that the organ was broken and would not be fixed in time for
that night’s service. Unable to imagine a Christmas Eve service
without music, he sat down and wrote the stanzas to a song that
could be sung by guitar accompaniment. It was on that evening
that “Stille Nacht” was sung for the first time.
December 26 is
called Boxing Day because money used to be collected in alms
boxes at the church the day after Christmas. After the holiday
season, the money was given to the poor.
Christmas Eve 1914
fell right in the middle of World War I. That Christmas Eve,
fire from the German trenches came to an abrupt halt. The German
brass band started to play Christmas carols. On Christmas
morning, the Germans came out of the trenches and were wishing
“Merry Christmas” to the enemy lines. They were met with silence
as the opposing troops thought that it was merely a trick. They
soon came out of their trenches as well and wished the Germans a
merry Christmas as well. The war had ended for just a few days
while the men exchanged presents such as cigarettes and plum
puddings and played soccer. Shortly after, they went back to
their respective trenches and the war continued.
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