How much do you know about Christmas?
Christmas is celebrated all over the world, both as a religious and secular holiday. For Christians, this annual day is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus. Gifts are given, Christmas cards are sent, Christmas carols are sung, and special religious services are attended. The Christmas season is seen by many as a secular holiday full of traditions. Many of our Christmas traditions have interesting origins. Did you know?
If you like to experience Christmas accompanied by Santa Claus or Father Christmas, you should know that one of the reasons why we leave milk and cookies to Santa is because the Dutch children left food and drink to Saint Nicholas on the day of his holiday .
And why carrots to reindeer? Because, in Norse mythology, the people of the time left hay and treats for Odin’s eight-legged horse, Sleipnir, “Hoping that the god would stop by her house during her Yule hunting adventures.” Dutch children also adopted this tradition and would leave treats for Santa’s horse.
Christmas celebrations occur all over the world, although the day they are celebrated varies, as well as the decoration, the food and the customs.
Who was the original Santa Claus? The legendary figure of Santa Claus dates back to Saint Nicholas, a 3rd century Turkish monk who gained fame roaming the countryside helping the poor and sick. In the Netherlands, for example, Santa Claus is known as Sinter Klaas, and the anniversary of his death, which takes place every December 6, is a much-loved holiday in this country.
Se believes that Franklin Pierce (1853-1857 and who saw in the abolitionist movement a threat to the nation-) he was the first American president to put up a Christmas tree in the White House. Yes. They were banned by President Teddy Roosevelt from the White House in 1901 because the president was concerned about their environmental impact, but his children decorated a small tree cut on the White House grounds and hid it in a closet until Christmas morning.