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Gears and Ears

                               Journal of The Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista

                                                      December 2019
                                        FunChristmas Facts

                                Christmas wasn’t always on December 25th.
                                Though Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, there is no mention
                                of December 25 in the Bible. Most historians actually believe Jesus was
                                born in the spring, not the winter. And his birthday itself didn’t become
                                the official holiday until the third century. Some historian posit that the
                                date was actually chosen because it coincided with the pagan festival of

                                Saturnalia, which honored the agricultural god Saturn with celebrating and
         You can thank Prince Albert for your Christmas tree.

         The origin of Christmas trees goes all the way back to ancient
         Egyptians and Romans, who marked the winter solstice with
         evergreens as a reminder that spring would return soon. But it
         wasn’t until Prince Albert of Germany introduced the tree to his
         new wife, Queen Victoria of England, that the tradition really
         took off. A drawing of the couple in front of a Christmas tree
         appeared in Illustrated London News way back in 1848 and as
         we say today, the idea went viral.

                                   St. Nick was more generous than jolly.
                                   You probably already knew that the idea of Santa Claus came from

                                   St. Nicholas, but the real saint wasn’t a bearded man who wore a red
                                   suit. That all came much later. According to legend, the fourth-century
                                   Christian bishop gave away his abundant inheritance to help the needy
                                   and rescue women from servitude. As the tale made the rounds, his
                                   name became Sinter Klaas in Dutch. That later morphed into Santa
                                   Claus, and the rest of the trappings followed.

        Coca-Cola played a huge part in Santa’s image.
        Craving a Coke yet? Give it a second. According to Coca-Cola,
        Santa used to look a lot less jolly — even spooky. Go ahead,
        Google early images of Santa. We’ll wait. It wasn’t until the
        beverage company hired an illustrator named Haddon Sundblom
        in 1931 to create images of Santa for magazine advertisements
        that we got the warm and friendly Santa we know today. Now,
        kids wouldn’t fear interrupting Santa’s nightly work.

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