Christmas is arguably the most celebrated holiday of all. Everyone counts down the days to Christmas. People love the season for different reasons. One thing remains clear, Christmas is the season to cut back and relax
However, there are certain facts we need to keep at the back of our heads while celebrating Christmas.
Facts About Christmas
Christmas comes from a pagan tradition known as Saturnalia.
December 25 was probably chosen because it coincided with the ancient pagan festival Saturnalia, which celebrated the agricultural god Saturn with partying, gambling, and gift-giving.
Santa Claus is from Saint Nicholas
Santa Claus comes from St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop living in the fourth century AD. St. Nicholas inherited a great deal of wealth and was known for giving it away to help the needy.
Christmas used to be illegal
Since it stemmed from a Pagan tradition it was made illegal in some countries and people were arrested if they even dared to celebrate it
Gift giving during Christmas was to symbolise the gifts given to Christ
The suit for Santa Claus was inspired by Coca-Cola
Though Santa Claus has worn blue and white and green in the past, his traditional red suit came from a 1930s ad by Coca Cola