It is the end of November and soon we all will encounter one of our favorite festivals Christmas. Now festive season is not very far, so put your socks up and get ready to prepare for this amazing festival. Christmas is annual religious and also cultural holiday celebrated on the birthday of Jesus Christ. No matter if someone is Christian or not, but almost everywhere Christmas is celebrated on 25th December.
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There are many questions arises that are related to this festival. You might remember when you were kid and your parents used to tell you about Santa Claus and how he gave every sincere kid a gift. But as we become mature, we all get to know it is all imaginary things. But still, love to celebrate this festival since childhood. Like every other festival, there are some customs with festival too that you might know if are going to celebrate this Christmas. Find out the customs that you didn’t know about, have a look.
15 Christmas Customs That you didn’t know
1. Time required for festive feast
Christmas festival is all about feast and if you might not know that all the seasonal vegetables and turkey actually takes round ten months to go so that they could become ready at the festival feast. And it takes almost half an hour to garnish or I should say polish the grand feast.
2. The Perfect Christmas Dinner
Well, if you are thinking Christmas is all about food then yes, it is but it takes almost 47 hours to master all the cooking techniques to burn turkey or preparing Christmas dinner.
3. Colors of Christmas
Have you ever wondered why Santa Claus is always featured in red dress with big white beard only? Even find out why Christmas tree is decorated with silver and gold ornament? Yes…No? Well, let me clarify you. These all are traditions from Europe including Western and Northern region.
Red color because it shows loves and energy that Jesus Christ did for mankind, gold represents light, wealth and royalty, green shows holly and mistletoe which symbolizes rebirth. As, they tends to believe that Jesus will take birth again in this universe.
4. Santa Claus is delivered from Old dutch folklore
5. Santa Claus is not about milk and cookies
Well, on Christmas most of the people believe in celebrating it with family members with beer and mince pies. But Santa is not about all but he gives rice porridge and Christmas puddings or sometimes mince pies.
6. Intake of salt
In everyday, salt intake is on an average taken as 5 gm but on the Christmas day, dinner contains almost 8.87 gm of salt.
7. The largest turkey
As on thanksgiving and Christmas festival, turkey is very famous and consumed all over the world on both the days. Each year on Christmas, almost twenty-two million turkeys consumed but on Thanksgiving day, it is almost 45 millions.
8. Sweet Candy Canes
Do you know why candies are of shape J? Christmas candy organized in Germany at Cathedral because for kids he wanted to remind them of shepherds who visited baby Jesus at his birth day so he made them in the shape of ‘J’.
9. Christmas pudding is put on the silver dish
The tradition says, Christmas pudding must contain at least four tokens, a ring, timble and also a button. Christmas pudding must make with 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and his disciplines.
10. Christmas tree
Remember the Christmas tree that is used on that day to decorate. This tree is usually grown for about 15 years before they are sold to people.
11. Real Christmas trees are renewable resource
Christmas trees are grown just like other agricultural crops and harvested like plants. Well, it takes a long time to grow from seeding a big almost 8 feet tree and also irrigated.
12. Christmas or Xmas
Christmas is also known as Xmas that takes out Christ out of Christmas and church services celebrated as the birth of Jesus, considered as the son of God.
13. Christmas bells
Christmas bells are associated with Christmas from a long time and it is fashionable to go carol with small bells in order to tune the carol. Traditional, largest bell of church rings four times in midnight and before midnight as the celebration.
14. Christmas Candles
There are many reasons why candles are associated with it. Candles are used to represent the star of Bethlehem, called as the Light of the World by Christmas.
15. Boxing day
The day after Christmas i.e. 26th December is another public holiday in countries like Canada, Australia, UK, New Zealand and more. This day is serves as the off day for servants to celebrate with their families.