Did You Know? Countdown to Christmas 2009 (12/16)

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Christmas

Dec 16 : 09 days till Christmas

Did you know that the character of Santa Claus is based on two Christmas legends: Saint Nicholas and Father Christmas?

Saint Nicholas was the patron saint of children, who generously gave gifts to poor and orphaned young ones. Father Christmas was the spirit of good tidings.

Did you know that Santa Claus can also trace his roots back to a Dutch character called Sinterklaas?

When the Dutch colonists came to America, they brought with them the legend of an austere bishop, dressed in a red costume and carrying a book inscribed with a list of all the good and naughty children. To this day in Holland, Sinterklaas delivers gifts to all the “good” children on December 5th, which is St. Nicholas’ Eve. The 5th is the primary gift-giving time of the Christmas season for many Europeans.

Christmas is the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, and is a central part of the winter holiday season. In Christianity the holiday marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days. And although traditionally a Christian holiday, Christmas is widely celebrated worldwide by many non-Christians.

Popular holiday customs include the playing of seasonal music, gift-giving, the exchange of greeting cards, observing special church celebrations and masses. The display of holiday decorations are common; including Christmas trees, indoor and outdoor lights, garlands, mistletoe, and nativity scenes.

Santa Claus, a popular mythological figure, is also an important part of the celebration and is associated with the bringing of gifts for children.

Join us for a new Did You Know holiday fact each day as we countdown to Christmas. This year Christmas Eve will be celebrated Thursday December 24, Christmas Friday December 25.

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One Response to “Did You Know? Countdown to Christmas 2009 (12/16)”

  1. Sapna Says:

    Hi,

    Wishing You a Very Happy Christmas!!!( Well in Advance I think)

    This is really a great piece of information and that too in such simple words. Even my little one will be able to understand it. She is part of the carol singing team at her school and she can make some use of this info, i am sure.

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