We want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and provide you with some interesting and sometimes amazing facts about Christmas and the Christmas traditions around the world.
There are two islands called Christmas Island. One is located in the Pacific Ocean and the other in the Indian Ocean.
In Norway, all the brooms were hidden after eating the food and handing out Christmas presents because it was believed that witches and evil spirits stole them to go on.
Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in 1895. The inventor was the American Ralph E Morris.
In Sweden and Finland in the past, there were double fines for all crimes during the Christmas peace.
Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of spruces and pines can be eaten. The needles contain a lot of vitamin C. Cones also contain a lot of nutrients.
An artificial spider with a net often appears in Ukrainian Christmas tree decorations. A cobweb found on Christmas Eve morning is believed to bring good luck.
According to a Greek legend, there are malicious little creatures called Kallikantzaroi or Kallikantzari, and these are said to make various jokes during Christmas. To get rid of them, you should burn either salt or an old shoe, whose stench is said to make them flee. Other methods include hanging a pig’s jawbone at the door and firing a lot so that they do not enter through the chimney.
In Armenia, a traditional Christmas Eve meal consists of fried fish, salad and spinach. The meal is eaten after the Christmas Eve service in memory of Mary’s dinner the day before Jesus’ birth.
In Britain, Christmas pies have been eaten since the 18th century. Eating a pie on each of the 12 days of Christmas is said to bring happiness during the coming 12 months of the year.
In Guatemala, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25, but the adults do not give Christmas presents to each other until New Year’s Day. The children get theirs on Christmas morning.
In North America, children hang out their socks while Dutch children hang out their shoes to get Christmas presents.
In Ukraine, there is a traditional Christmas bread called “kolach”. The bread is placed in the middle of the table. The bread is braided into a ring and three such loaves are placed on top of each other with a candle in the middle of the top loaf. The three rings symbolize the trinity.
It is estimated that approximately 400,000 people become ill each year after eating old Christmas food.
New York City’s Empire State Buildings lights go out at midnight every night except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day when they go out at 3 o’clock at night.
The Xplories team wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year