Christmas Myths Debunked
As with any significant occasion or day, there are many myths surrounding the occasion of Christmas – most of which are yet to be proved. While these myths also contribute to the magical nature of the season, here are some common ones debunked over the years;
1. The modern Santa Claus was conceived by Coca Cola
Although the Coca Cola company began using Santa in its advertising campaigns
in the 1930s, the idea of a jolly and old Santa sporting red and white) that is now considered the norm) was developed by illustrator Thomas Nast in the 1870s. As such, although the colours utilized were similar to the Coca Cola branding style, this was one thing the company was not instrumental in developing.
2. Christmas trees are a long-standing tradition
At its inception, the decorating of trees was a pagan ritual, where they believed the trees held super powers and were thus worshipped. Following the Renaissance however, German Protestants took to this ritual and began cutting down pine trees and later decorating them in their homes. This activity soon spread to England and later to America through German settled cities.
3. Jesus was born on the 25th of December
The date of Jesus’s birth would forever be a mystery. The reason Christmas is celebrated on this particular date is owing to the scholar Hippolytus of Rome, where he put forward that Jesus was conceived in March and was thus born in December. However, much of the reasoning behind this assumption has been refuted by other scholars, but this does not mean celebrations will come to a halt any time soon!
4. Christmas is the most significant event for Christians
Whilst Christmas may be the most publicized event from the Christian calendar, Easter proves to have more significance to Christians than Christmas. In addition, the former was also celebrated centuries before the latter and for a longer period of time than Christmas (lasting two months from February to April)