Since the Christmas season is around, here are some facts associated with Christmas which you may or may not know:
1. The story behind the Stockings: A poor man with three daughters couldn’t afford the dowry to have them married. One night, St. Nicholas dropped a bag of gold down the man’s chimney so that his oldest daughter would be able to get married, and the bag fell into a stocking that was drying by the fire.
2. Though Santa Claus has worn blue and white and green in the past, his traditional red suit came from a 1930’s ad by Coca Cola.
3. And the image of him Santa Claus flying in a sleigh started in 1819… and was dreamt up by the same author who created the Headless Horseman, Washington Irving.
4. Did you ever wonder where X-Mas came from? X means Christ in Greek so to shorten the word Christmas we sometimes use X-Mas.
6. The tradition of naughty children getting a lump of coal in their stocking comes from Italy.
7. The Christmas tree made its way to America in the 1830’s but wasn’t popular until 1846, after Germany’s Prince Albert brought it to England when he married Queen Victoria.
8. There are 3 towns in the US that are named Santa Claus. One in Georgia, one in Arizona and one in Indiana.
9. Christmas wasn’t declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870.
10. “Jingle Bells” was originally supposed to be a Thanksgiving song.
And by the way if you are wondering who really Santa Claus is, the legendary figure grew out of traditions surrounding Saint Nicholas of Myra , a Greek bishop from fourth century and a gift giver.
We wish all our readers a Merry Christmas.