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  • Christmas Was Once Banned in America on Random Biggest Christmas Myths and Legends

    (#10) Christmas Was Once Banned in America

    Christmas was actually banned in America for a time.

    This is true. The celebration of Christmas was, at one time, banned in part of the United States of America. But it wasn’t San Francisco liberals or a knuckling-under city council behind the ban, but the state of Massachusetts – in 1659. The Puritans who settled in New England wanted nothing to do with Church of England holiday celebrations, and this included a holiday that had less to do with Christ and more to do with drunkenness and frivolity.

    The Puritan government responded to British authorities attempting to ride herd on them by banning the holiday, and the ban was in place for 22 years. It wasn’t until well into the 1800s that Christmas was a holiday celebrated in large numbers in Boston.
  • Christmas Trees Have Always Been Part of Christmas on Random Biggest Christmas Myths and Legends

    (#2) Christmas Trees Have Always Been Part of Christmas

    Christmas trees have meaning relative to Jesus.

    Evergreen trees were already popular in Pagan rites before Jesus’s birth, but they didn’t become a widely-held symbol of Christmas until the Renaissance. German Protestants began bringing home and decorating the large trees that grew in their local forests, and the custom spread throughout the various German dukedoms, then jumping to England with the ascension of a German king to the British monarchy. German-settled cities in America began using the custom, and it spread from there.
  • We Three Kings? on Random Biggest Christmas Myths and Legends

    (#8) We Three Kings?

    Jesus was visited by three kings in the manger.

    Tradition holds that three Eastern Kings, Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, followed a shooting star to the manger where the infant Jesus was resting. However, this is false from both a historical and scriptural point of view.

    In the Bible the “three magi” were wise men, not kings. Their names, origins, and ethnicities are never mentioned, and what’s often glossed over is that the Gospels say they visited Jesus as a young child at home with his mother - not as an infant in the manger. Their names weren’t introduced into the Christmas mythos until a 6th century mosaic in Italy called them by their three popular names.
  • Exploding Christmas Trees on Random Biggest Christmas Myths and Legends

    (#9) Exploding Christmas Trees

    Christmas trees randomly catch fire, putting children in peril.

    Every holiday season brings with it warnings of Christmas trees bursting into flames at will, due to either a lack of water or lights blowing up. You can find tips on how to prevent these fires everywhere, but what’s a little harder to find is the research that shows these fires to be extremely rare. According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2006 and 2011 there were only about 230 fires caused by Christmas trees each year. Factor that number into the millions of households that put up trees and you can see just how rare these fires are.

    Not only that, but none of the days with the most Christmas tree fires were actually before Christmas, meaning simply getting rid of dried out trees quickly after the holiday is the best way to prevent a tree fire. What’s arguably more of a danger is falling while putting up decorations, as emergency rooms treat around 5,800 falls every year due to people toppling over while decorating their trees.
  • Jesus Christ Was Born in Year Zero on Random Biggest Christmas Myths and Legends

    (#7) Jesus Christ Was Born in Year Zero

    Jesus was born in Year Zero.

    The chronology of Jesus’s birth has always been up for debate by both religious and historical scholars. While the modern calendar places his birth at 2014 years ago (as of 2014), both the Gospels of Luke and Matthew place his birth around the time King Herod the Great died. As most scholars agree, this took place in 4 BCE, which would put Jesus’s birth around that time, possibly as late as 6 BCE.

    It’s also possible to work backwards using a reference in the Gospel of Luke, to put Jesus’s birth around 30 years before his death, which is generally regarded as having taken place in 33 CE. So, that leaves a window of about 7-8 years in which Jesus could have been born – but probably not in 1 BCE or a mythical “year zero.”
  • Writing 'Christmas' as 'Xmas' Is Horribly Insulting to Christians on Random Biggest Christmas Myths and Legends

    (#5) Writing 'Christmas' as 'Xmas' Is Horribly Insulting to Christians

    Shortening “Christmas” to “Xmas” is a horrible insult to religious people.

    It’s not, at all. The first letter of “Christ” in Greek translates to “X,” as it also does in the Roman alphabet. While the abbreviation isn’t used in most Christmas-based advertising or scripture, the word “Xmas” dates all the way back to the 12th Century, when it was used in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. The idea of keeping Christ in the word Christmas is both nonsensical and a-historical.

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Christmas is a religious holiday with a long history. Every December 25th is an important holiday for people to celebrate and commemorate the birth of Jesus. Christmas is the most solemn holiday in western countries and Christianity, and there are many legends and myths about this holiday that you may also have heard of. It is said that on the night of Christmas Eve, Santa Claus will drive a reindeer sleigh full of gifts to send to children who have performed well this year. 

The custom of dressing up Santa Claus and Christmas trees to celebrate Christmas has gradually become popular all over the world. The random tool will help us to know 12 interesting Christmas legends and myths.

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