- The song “Jingle Bells” was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh” and the song at first was meant for Thanksgiving not Christmas.
- The first Christmas card was created in 1843 J.C. Horsely. He designed the card and 1000 copies of that card to people in London.
- Christmas carols were first introduced to formal church services by St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis of Assisi was an Italian Catholic Preacher who is considered one of the most recognized figures in church history. He died in the year 1226, while preaching Psalm 141.
- The word “Christmas” means “Christ’s mass” and was first celebrated in Rome in the year AD360. Christmas on December 25 did not get recognized as the date for Christmas, until the Christian Church made it official in the year AD440.
- Others may know that Santa Claus is based on a real person named St. Nicholas. However, others may not know that before Santa Claus brought gifts, St. Nicholas intended to give money to the poor without them knowing it, so the first time Santa himself came down to the chimney he was not carrying gifts, but he dropped a purse full of money that landed in the lady’s stocking. His visit introduced Santa Claus coming down the chimney.
These are just reminders of what and why we celebrate Christmas and who we celebrate for. Yes, Christmas is to celebrate Christ and to celebrate family, but it is also the celebrate and pay tribute to history behind the holiday, as well honor the
people and events that made this holiday possible.