Olive is only 3 months old and this is her first Christmas on earth. Being a zealous mother, I try to research some facts about Christmas so I can share with her. She does not understand me yet obviously but education starts young. Haha…maybe it is a bit too young for her but I read that it is good to talk to babies starting from 3 months old as it encourages language skills and brain development. Hence I have been repeating these facts to her for the past few days!
1) The first Christmas trees were decorated with foods such as apples, nuts and dates. ‘Yummy!’ When Olive grows up, you will learn to eat apples, nuts and dates too! Anyway Mommy does not like dates.
2) Giving presents on Christmas were once banned by the Catholic Church as it was believed to be connected to paganism. But that is in the past! Now it is so common to give presents because Christmas is a season of love! Daddy bought Olive and Mommy presents this year. Isn’t daddy so sweet?
3) Twelve days of Christmas is popularly used because it is believed that it took the 3 kings 12 days to find baby Jesus. I pray Olive will find Jesus soon and please always remember Jesus is always with us and we are never alone. He is not hard to find at all.
5) The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty. Olive, you must always remember that Christmas is not just about presents but about Jesus Christ.
7) Electric tree lights were first used just 3 years after Thomas Edison has his first mass public demonstration of electric lights back in 1879. Thank God and Thomas Edison for the discovery of light bulbs because Christmas lights are so pretty!
8) There are two islands named Christmas. Christmas Island (formerly Kiritimati) in the Pacific Ocean and Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. When Olive grows up, let us go travel together and explore islands!
9) In 1647, the English parliament passed a law that made Christmas illegal. Christmas festivities were banned because feasting on what was supposed to be a holy day to be immoral. Anybody caught celebrating Christmas was arrested and the ban was lifted only 1660. Thank God, we can celebrate Christmas now!
10) Christmas in our family is a time where mommy and daddy will always be very busy; especially daddy. He has to get the church ready for Christmas. Let us keep daddy and the church in prayer!
I believe there are some facts that you do not even know! Enjoy your Christmas!