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Friday, December 18, 2015

7 Christmas Facts You'd Never Know

Christmas is around the corner, what better ways are there than to boost your Christmas knowledge with some things that you might never think of? Well, have you ever wondered what are the names of Santa's reindeer, or perhaps, what does the candy cane represents?

Here's 7 Christmas facts you'd never know (and to answer your burning questions):

1. Jesus Christ wasn't born on 25th December. In fact, there is no biblical evidence on the exact date of His birth. Before setting the current date to celebrate Christmas, several dates were proposed: January 2, March 21, March 25, April 18, April 19, May 20 (my birthday!), May 28, and November 20.

Source: here

2. Santa Claus is based on a real person, St. Nikolas of Myra, the world's most popular non-biblical saint. According to Wikipedia, he had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus. Now you know why your stocking is filled with chocolate coins during Christmas.

Source: here

3. The earliest known decoration of Christmas trees are apples. Nuts and dates came next. In today's world, please do not put any food on your Christmas tree, people will think you sot sot (crazy).

4. I'm pretty sure the Christmas tree looks delicious, if the first Christmas trees weren't made out of dyed goose feathers..

Source: examiner

5. One of the most familiar Christmas symbols, the hook of the Candy canes represents Jesus as the shepherd, while the red and white colours represents His sacrifice and purity, respectively.

Source: whydyoueatthat

6. Santa has 9 reindeer. Their names are (from back to front) Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen, and obviously, Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer. However, Rudolph did not appear until 1939, when a booklet written by Robert Lewis May was published. When depicted, Rudolph is the lead pulling Santa's sleigh, illuminating the path with his signature - glowing red nose. 

7. Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, had a very shiny nose.. So why does he have a red nose? Some bo liao (nothing better to do) Norwegian scientists even hypothesised that Rudolph's nose is caused by a parasitic infection in his respiratory system.

Source: here

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It's still early, but.. MERRY CHRISTMAS! :)

First posted on 20/12/13.