Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Factually Correct (Part VI) Christmas Edition

"Why Do You Celebrate Christmas "?
A friend of mine asked me, it wasnt recorded in the bible that it should be celebrated. 
Here was my response to her.
Why do you celebrate your birthday? Did the bible say you should? 
Why do we celebrate a loved ones birthday? Is it not to remember the significance of the event and to Cherish the person in question? What other event through out all time is more significant than the birth of our saviour Jesus Christ?

Although Jesus wasnt exactly born on 25th December, the original date was not recorded in the bible, so the Church decided to celebrate his birth on a date that most suited the description of the time of his birth (Cold winter).
Just like no one could remember my grand mum's birthday so we all picked and decided to celebrate her birth on May 7th.
We do not need a command from the bible to celebrate what is important to our belief and lifestyle. Christmas is a holiday set aside to celebrate the birth of our Saviour  and to appreciate the gift of eternal life through him, its a time to give, share, and love and we shouldn't omit the real essence of the celebration while we celebrate.
Here are some real facts about Christmas:
1. Christmas means Christ's Mass.
2. 25th December was not celebrated as the birthday of Christ until year AD 440. 6th January was the former date. 
3. In the 19th century, the Christmas Cake was eaten on Christmas eve. It was considered unlucky to cut a Christmas cake before dawn on Christmas Eve.
4. Each year between 34-36 million Christmas trees are produced to cope with the holiday demand.
5. Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882.
6. In 1647, the English parliament passed a law that made Christmas illegal. Christmas festivities were banned by Puritan leader Oliver, anybody caught celebrating Christmas was arrested. The ban was lifted only when the Puritans lost power in 1660.
7. Christmas Carols was 1st introduced by St. Francis of Assisi. The word comes from the ancient Greek 'choros' , which means "dancing in a circle ", and from the Old French word carole , meaning "a song to accompany dancing" .
8. The first instrument on which the carol "Silent Night " was played was a guitar.
9. The popular Christmas song " Jingle Bells " was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont, and was originally called "One-Horse Open
Sleigh" . It was actually written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas.
10. The " Twelve Days of Christmas " gifts: A partridge in a pear tree, two turtledoves, three French hens, four calling birds, five gold rings, six geese laying, seven swans swimming, eight maids milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming. There are 364 gifts altogether, one for everyday of the year.
These facts are all correct, if you think otherwise drop your comments.For more interesting facts log on this page this time next week on Factually Correct.
Merry Christmas to you and your folks.

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