Christmas facts: 18 things about Christmas traditions yule never know7 min read

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Ewan Hollander

Just sharing things that interest me in the hopes that they interest others as well

Christmas is a time to indulge in the festive spirit and be jovial & merry with those dear to you. Yes, there is a religious and commercial aspects as well but a lot of people may not know where some of the Christmas traditions came from. So while you drink eggnog and eat roasted chestnuts, let us demystify some Christmas traditions for you by bringing you some Christmas Facts.

1 . ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ almost wasn’t published

The poem, also known as ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas,’ was authored by Clement Clarke Moore. Moore, a 19th century author and professor, wrote the poem for his family and practically invented the modern concept of Santa. He had originally written it only for his family but a close friend submitted it to the Sentinel newspaper where it was published anonymously. For 15 years Clement Clarke Moore denied writing it as he felt the poem was beneath his talents even though it had become a smash hit. It was eventually included as part of anthology of his works thanks to the urging of his children. Moore based his image of Santa on a portly sleigh driver his family had hired.

2. Did Santa always have a beard?

Now, Moore may have enhanced the image of Santa but he certainly wasn’t responsible for creating him. According to the book “One-Night Stands with American History”, 17th century Dutch settlers brought the imagery for an early Santa with them. This Santa was tall, slender, very dignified and lacked the all-important beard. It is said that he was based on the traditional Dutch figure Sinterklaas.

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