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IN Lifestyle ON 26 Nov, 2016
It's the Christmas season again, and we might as well be ready to welcome baby Christ to our abode with gingerbread, wine, and eggnog. But before you do that, have you ever wondered where our Christmas rituals come from or what are the stories behind each of them?
I mean, we tell the kids in our family that a fat man will come into our house at night and bring gifts; we bring in trees to shed all over the carpet decorating them with a lot of shimmery accessories.
But how the hell are these even related to Christ. How do you even know we are celebrating his birthday?
Well, sit back, pull in some rum cake and wine, eat over the 10 most interesting stories behind our Christmas traditions, while we take you for a ride on the WittyFeed's sleigh!
Christmas is the Christian tradition that honors the birth of the Christ– though it is not celebrated as such in our society. For us, Christmas is a time of joy and celebration with family.
Christmas evolved out of the Roman tradition. It was originally a festival honoring the Roman God of agriculture, Saturn. Due to the already-rampant celebration in the winter; it became a natural way to celebrate the birth of Christ on the same date.
It is said that the tradition of exchanging gifts come from three wise kings who came to greet baby Jesus, but that is not the right case.
The tradition started with the same Roman tradition where people used to gift each other wax dolls. Wax dolls used to signify human sacrifices Romans had given to Saturn.
While most of you might be knowing that X-mas is a well-known slang used by people to signify something dirty. But this isn't the truth. The term X-mas has a Christian origin.
In the abbreviation, X stands for the Greek letter 'Chi', and the first letter of the Greek word for Christ. The name 'Jesus' is therefore abbreviated as 'XP', a combination of the first and second letters of the Greek word for Christ. From 'XP' come the holy symbol of Orthodox Christianity that represents Jesus.
All of you know about Saint Nicholas aka Santa Claus, but the practice of stocking-stuffing can be traced back to his charity and donations in the 4th century. Santa believed childhood is to be enjoyed but because the kids used to work to get wages for their family. He gave what he could make at home.
The wreath is used as a symbol of power, and strength ever since the Roman civilisation. In Rome and Greece, the kings and emperors often used to wear wreaths as crowns.
As for Christianity, wreathes symbolises an everlasting life.
The modern Christmas tree is different from what it used to be like in the early age. Today, we use a lot of bright lights and ornaments, while in the start of times, the tree was decorated with apples and nuts. The tradition of the Christmas tree is similar to that of the wreath. The tree denotes everlasting life.
The origin of Christmas carols goes back to Rome in 4th Century when there were Christmas hymns. These hymns were written in a lot of languages and sung choirs and groups while celebrating a lot of festivals. Later on, the songs became a patent for Christmas and carol singing became a tradition.
Let us know if you any other traditions that we missed.