50 Quick Christmas Facts by Paul Andrews

By Paul Andrews

This ebook is a short learn on Christmas evidence you did now not comprehend! What are the names of Santa's Reindeers? have you learnt who made the 1st Christmas playing cards? discover those proof and extra during this fast learn truth publication!

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It is said he wrote because the organ was broken and he wanted a carol which could be sung to guitar. It is said that the Puritans in America tried to make Thanksgiving Day the most important annual festival instead of Christmas. They did not succeed of course. Oliver Cromwell, in England banned Christmas Carols from being sung between 1649 and 1660. Fortunately this is not the case now. The commonly used abbreviation for Christmas, to Xmas, is derived from the Greek alphabet. X is the letter Chi, which of course is the first letter of Christ’s name in the Greek alphabet.

It is believed that Saint Boniface substituted a fir tree, for the pagan oak in the eighth century as a symbol of faith, and we have been using them ever since. Charles Spencer Chaplin, better known as Charlie Chaplin was born on Christmas day in 1889. The biggest selling Christmas single record (song) of all time is Bing Crosby’s recording of ‘White Christmas’. The first church building the Dutch built in New York City , in the now USA, was named in St Nicholas’ honour – hence it is called - St Nicholas Church.

He stood at 113ft tall. Father Christmas, or Santa, is known by different names all around the world - Kriss Kringle in Germany, Le Befana in Italy, Pere Noel in France and Deushka Moroz (Grandfather Frost) in Russia. Father Christmas, or Santa Claus as he is known, comes from a Dutch folk tale based on Saint Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, who gave gifts on December 6. This has grown into what we know now as Father Christmas. From the song the gifts from the Twelve days of Christmas are – A partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves, three French hens, four calling birds, five gold rings, six geese a laying, seven swans a swimming, eight maids a milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords a leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming.

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