1. The Christmas tree was a symbol of Christmas for good. The fact that evergreens from ancient times are considered a symbol of eternal life and rebirth. Pagan worship of such plants resulted in the tradition of decorating their house.
2. The first Christmas greeting card was made by the British Henry Cole in 1843. Judging by the relatively recent statistics, more than 3.5 million postcards are sent every year in the United States on Christmas Eve.
3. The tradition of putting Christmas trees on Christmas dates back to 1700 in Germany. The Germans are a resourceful people, so their first artificial Christmas trees were made from goose feathers.
4. In 320 AD, the bishop of Rome, Pope Julius the First, declared the date of the celebration of the Nativity of Christ on December 25.
5. In Saxony in the 16th century, glassblowers first created a Christmas tree toy, the prototype of which was a paradise apple. Mass production of multi-colored balls began many years later – in the middle of the XIX century.
6. There is a tradition to hang Christmas stockings for gifts on the fireplace. The length of the largest such stocking was 32.5 meters, and the width – almost 15 meters. Did you picture yourself? This stocking was made in London on December 14, 2007.
7. At Christmas, a festive table is set. Each country has its own tradition in this regard. In Denmark, for example, the main dishes of the Christmas table are fried with apples goose and rice porridge with raisins. Kasha, by the way, is left overnight on the table to feed the harmful elves.
8. On, again, a long-established tradition, it is customary at Christmas to decorate the house and yourself with green, gold and red.
9. Christmas trees, which are sold at Christmas in many European countries, as well as in the United States, grow from 5 to 15 years. In the Guinness Book of Records, there is a record of the highest ever cut down Christmas trees. It turned out to be a lefthand-leaved tree, whose height was 66 meters. Installed this tree was in 1950 in one of the shopping centers of the city of Seattle.
10. In the UK for Christmas, it is customary to bake an unusual pie. In the pie dough put a ring, horseshoe or coin. What will get to you, when you eat it, it will come true. A ring means a wedding, a horseshoe is a luck, and a coin is money.
11. The most important Christmas character, Santa Claus, appeared thanks to a real person who lived in the IV century. His name was Saint Nicholas. He is the patron saint of New York, as well as usurers, thieves, orphans and bankers.
12. Earlier in many European countries believed that during 12 days of Christmas there are active evil and good spirits. After a while, spirits became flesh and became elves.
13. In Europe, there is a tradition in any of the 12 days of Christmas to burn a Christmas log. This custom symbolizes the cyclical return of the Sun. The log itself or its coals are considered a symbol of fertility, luck and health.
14. Christmas in Russia began to celebrate in the tenth century. The day before Christmas – Christmas Eve – was celebrated rather modestly, but the next day great festivities began. People went to their houses, arranged round dances, dressed themselves as pigs and bears, they guessed.