1 – If Santa Claus really had to deliver presents to every child on the planet who was under the age of 14…he would have to bring gifts to 15 million kids every hour! That’s 250,000 kids per minute, or 4297 kids per second. So don’t bother leaving out cookies and milk on Christmas Eve! Santa’s got shit to do! 😛
2 – You may think it would be an awesome idea to buy and re-use an artificial Christmas tree in order to protect the environment and not chop down a real one every holiday season…but the truth is, the environmental cost of producing a fake tree is actually much more damaging. In order for it to be beneficial, you would have to use the same tree for at least 20+ years…otherwise, it’s actually doing more harm than good.
3 – In Iceland, there is a Christmas themed character named, Gryla! Believe it or not, Gryla is an old, haggard, woman…who kidnaps, cooks, and EATS, naughty children! What the…??? :O
4 – Jesus Christ was actually not his name. In fact, the letter ‘J’ hadn’t even been invented yet. According to historians and Biblical scholars, his real name was ‘Yeshua Bin Yosef’. And ‘The Christ’ stands for ‘one who was anointed’.
5 – Studies have shown that the average family will have a minimum of FIVE arguments while spending time together on Christmas day. The most likely causes being food preparation, alcohol consumption, and what to watch on television.
6 – While we now know Christmas to be a time of joy, family, and merriment…before the 20th century, it was actually treated more like Halloween! It was a time for people to get together, huddle up around a crackling fire in the dark, and tell one another spooky ghost stories. The lingering, and most popular, example of this practice…is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dicken’s 1843 novel, “A Christmas Carol”.
7 – While it is still taught and strongly believed that Jesus Christ was born on December 25th…it is believed to have never been true. And a date is never once mentioned in the Bible. It is a day that was presumed upon the idea that the child’s conception happened in the Spring, and simply counted 9 months from March, and made the 25th to coincide with the festival of Saturnalia and the Winter Solstice. Outside of that, the true birth date of Jesus has never actually been determined. However, this is a practice that has been passed down for thousands of years and shared by many prophets and Pagan religions throughout history.
8 – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer was created by Robert L. May in 1939 as a mascot for a coloring book to be sold in stores for children. However, his shiny red nose almost never happened, as ‘red nose’ at the time were often associated with alcoholism. Don’t worry, Rudolph…’hic’…next round’s on me!
9 – Bing Crosby’s song, “White Christmas”, has been recognized as the number one selling single of all time! NOT just in terms of Christmas music…but music in general. :O
10 – The ‘hero’s journey’ checklist (Which MANY stories fit into as a rigid guide for ancient and modern folklore) fit the story of Jesus’ life to a tee. Including…
– He was born of a virgin.
– His father is a king.
– The circumstances of his conception are unusual.
– Rumored to be the son of a god.
– Stars appeared at the saviors birth, and they are visited from Magi from the East.
– Early attempts are made to kill or sacrifice the child.
– The story tells little of his childhood, but he returns as a man to begin his works.
– Healed the sick, cast out demons, and performed miracles.
– Killed on a cross or a tree.
– Eventually loses favor with his subjects.
– Meets with a mysterious death…often at the top of a hill.
– Is driven from his throne or the city and goes into hiding.
– The body is never buried, but placed in a tomb made of rock or stone.
– Resurrected on the third day after their death.
If these sound familiar, it’s not just the Bible you’re thinking of. Many of these exact same guidelines also appear in the stories of Oedipus, Hercules, Perseus, Romulus, Theseus, Zeus, Jason of the Argonauts, Moses, Osiris, Baal, Thor, Orpheus, Mithras, Apollo, Krishna, Horus, Dionysus, and Robin Hood. All good tales, if you ever want to read them. 🙂