Random Facts Connected to Christmas History
Here are some random facts about Christmas history from BuzzFeed. . .
- People argued over wishing you a "Merry Christmas" even 100 years ago. A cartoon from a 1916 copy of the "Chicago Tribune" made the argument that we should wish people a cheery Christmas instead of a Merry Christmas . . . because merriment was associated with drunkenness, noise, and other bad behavior.
- Nobody knows for sure how the traditions of hanging Christmas stockings or drinking eggnog got started.
- Christmas trees used to be lit up with real candles. It seems insanely dangerous today, but people used to put actual candles on their tree.
- Oyster stew was a common dish at Christmas dinner. Oysters were plentiful and cheap in the 19th and early 20th centuries . . . so a typical Christmas dinner would usually include some kind of oyster dish.
- Santa, as we know him today, might be thanks to a Coca-Cola ad.
Santa's red suit can be attributed to a guy named Thomas Nast who worked for "Harper's Weekly" magazine in the late 19th century. Before that, Santa often wore a tan suit.
But it was really a series of advertisements from Coca-Cola in the 1930s that really made the image of Santa in a red suit popular.