Christmas has always been synonymous of celebration for everybody, spending time with your near and dear ones, decorating the home inside and out, melodious carols and of course the shopping spree. We wonder how these myths came into being, then, and managed to get strong with passing years! Here are the myths you need to stop believing right now.
Jesus was born on December 25
This is very difficult to digest that Jesus was not born on December 25. But the Bible does not specify what time of year he was born. Hence December 25 is merely the anniversary that has been chosen to celebrate the incarnation of Christ and not the actual date. The bible describes the shepherds to be “abiding in the field” and during winter months it’s very unlikely as the fields were unproductive. Some scientists concluded that Jesus was born around June but nothing concrete can be said.
Stable and the angelic announcement
The story with which we all grew up describes the birth of Jesus in a stable and then the angels singing and announcing the birth to shepherds. However, the Bible only mentions a manger and not a stable or a cave. It was more likely that Marry gave birth to Jesus in the lower level of their relatives’ house. Moreover, in those times lower level of the house was used for keeping animals safe at night. This clearly explains the presence of the manger. The Bible never explicitly mentions that angels sang to shepherds.
The three wise men
Another misconception surrounding the birth of Christ is that three kings came to visit him following his arrival. The mention of any kings visiting Jesus is not in the Bible. However, Bible does state that wise men came presented three costly gifts to the child—gold, frankincense and myrrh. We really don’t know exactly how many came, and when exactly they came to see Jesus.
Forbidden Christmas tree
All the claims stating that cutting down and decorating of trees are forbidden are false. Bible neither commands nor prohibits Christmas tree. Moreover, there has always been debate on the use of artificial or a real tree. But both come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. On one hand the real trees help in maintaining the ecological balance while reusing the faux trees time and again make it also an eco-friendly option. Artificial topiaries can be recycled into a wreath or some other exciting home decorating items by simply wearing the creative cap.
Silk flower arrangements, poinsettias are common sightings in the family room during Christmas and another thing which is common is the rumors about the toxicity of poinsettia. So let us clear that for once and all, that these red-leaved plants are only mildly toxic that to for our cats and dogs only. Although often called as poisonous and deadly plants, these are all rumors, and the poisoning part is definitely exaggerated. Studies shows that Poinsettia exposure can cause mild signs of vomiting, skin allergy, rashes and not death. Still, if one doesn't want to take risk, one can always opt for artificial flower arrangements which are certainly a safer bet.
Most Important Christian Holiday
A very common belief we all have that Christmas is regarded as the most important Christian holiday but it comes as a surprise for many of us that this just a myth. Easter, Good Friday and Christmas all hold their own degree of importance.
While in Christmas, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus and Easter marks Jesus' rising from death into eternal life, which is seen as a triumph for all of the humankind. Good Friday is celebrated traditionally as the day on which Jesus was crucified rather than remembering Christ's death on a certain day, once a year, the Bible commands us to remember his death by observing the Lord’s Supper. Hence Easter bunny and Santa Claus both equally loved.
Xmas versus Christmas
Another grapevine that has grown over the years is abbreviating Christmas as Xmas signifies removing Christ from the culture while many have argued that X in Xmas stands for Christ so which one is actually right? But if we dig a bit, writing "Xmas" isn't a necessarily a blasphemy against Christ. The word "Christ" in Greek is written "Χριστός" (Christos). Since the first Greek letter of this title (the letter chi) looks like an x in English, so someone somewhere have used it as an abbreviation for Christ. So it’s clear if you use Xmas instead of Christmas you are certainly not committing any sin.
Peculiar connection with suicides
We fail to understand this one rumor yet every year this internet story goes viral with Christmas season. The story states to become more aware about one’s family members and friends since the tendency of suicidal thoughts increases during this season. However, the studies conducted on the same tell a whole new story that the suicide rate is more during the spring months, rather than during Christmas. This can be probably be linked with the fact that springtime deepens the void and sense of helplessness in already depressed people. Christmas has always been the symbol of happiness, love, hope, fulfillment and enjoying with family and friends. All the celebration serves as a source of diversion and breaks the vicious cycle of their suicidal thoughts and these people experience a sense of security when they are around with their friends and relatives.
Strange case of Santa Claus, St. Nicholas and Father Christmas
Everybody has their own version of Santa Claus, St. Nicholas and Father Christmas. Now let’s retrace our steps back to history to find out the truth.
St. Nicholas was a bishop who spent his life doing charity, and he would secretly leave money in people's stockings overnight. When Nicholas died on Dec. 6, people started celebrating that day as St. Nicholas Day. Children used to leave out stockings or shoes the night before so "St. Nick" could fill them with gifts. By the 16th century, Europeans morphed St. Nick into a guy named "Father Christmas." Father Christmas generally brought gifts on Christmas, not Dec. 6. When Dutch people emigrated to the U.S., they brought with them stories of St. Nicholas. Soon St. Nick became Americanized as Santa Claus.