10 Fascinating Facts about Christmas

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Christmas is one of the widely celebrated festivals all over the world. With its snowy white December gown and beautiful red decorations, the festival will make you lose your hearts. Christmas, for decades, is the most beautiful celebration and is one of the biggest holiday bashes. When the world is resting after the long, exciting Christmas, let's see some fascinating facts about Christmas.

The Date of Christmas is not the birth date of The Christ

No one knows about the date of birth of the Christ. Yes, no one cares too. The exact date of birth of the Christ has not recorded anywhere, not even in the bible. The first recorded date when the Christmas was celebrated is 25th of December 336.It was when the first Christian emperor of Rome, Constantine ruled the empire. Pope Julius was the one who declared December 25th as the official date a few years later.

It is also believed that the birth date of Sun has been inherited as the day of Christmas by the Pagans. People believe that this is due to the influence of the pagan feasts on the church. In the early BC’s there was a very strong co-dependent cultural interaction among the various believers.

The Nativity Scene is first created by a Saint

You would have noticed the nativity scene in the cribs. They are small cute and really beautiful. Have you ever thought from where the concept of the crib and the nativity came from? Even when Christmas was being celebrated in the very early times, there wasn’t a concept of Christmas crib. The famous saint St. Francis of Assisi created the first model and that is we all follow till date. The model consists of the infant Jesus, the shepherds, the angels and the parents. This was done by him as a gesture of respect and admiration toward the belief of Christmas.

Gifts Et Al was not the same in olden days

Christmas gifting is the most exciting part of Christmas. Giving and receiving gifts ion Christmas makes the day special than ever. Have you ever thought of from where the Christmas gifting originated? It came from the ancient church where the gifts were exchanged only as little deer or piccolos. They were considered very special, and the ceremony of gift giving was widely celebrated. Later on due course of time, traditions changed, and now you can get anything as a gift for Christmas; from candy to a brand new phone, anything can be gifted.

Christmas was also banned once

Yes, Christmas was banned too. In 1644 England banned the Christmas in all aspects. That day was considered a very busy market day, and so the celebration could not be allowed. Many protests happened over time and the end of 1656 the celebrations was accepted and was celebrated widely. Even though the banning was removed, there were a lot of protests, and bloodsheds happened related to the banning.

Sun God has nothing to do with Christmas

There are a lot of misconceptions around Christmas. The important one is that the history of Christmas goes back from the pagan history. Some of the people believe that the birth of Christ is deprived of the birth of God sun, Mithra. There are many similarities in both the stories and this made people believed that the birth story of Christ is not a real one.

Christmas Crackers was found by a Sweet seller

Christmas crackers are tubes like structures that will consist of small sweets and a piece of paper. Similar to the fortune cookies, they will contain small jokes or luck wishes. This tube has a small paper strip that can be pulled and a cracking sound will be heard. This will contain beautifully wrapped sweets also. This was found by a fresh sweet maker around 1845.He tried selling sweets like any other but didn’t succeed. This was his new way of selling the sweets in the Christmas season and finally, it became the part of the culture now.

Christmas Trees were popular from the medieval times

We all love Christmas trees. We use faux trees or Artificial plants to set up instant trees and will beautify them with lights. But a Christmas tree was not found or was decorated the time of Christ. Yes, then when did they become popular? Actually, the tradition of decorating the trees was popular from the medieval times and that was not related to Christmas. In the due course of time, the people who preliminary believed the trees are sacred moved to Christianity and they continued to decorate and celebrate their prayers and special occasions with tees.

Xmas is not just an abbreviation

We all use the word Xmas instead of Christmas. Some people hate it when the word Christ is swapped with a single word X. But the origin of the word goes long back. In Greek, the alphabet X denotes chi which is indeed the Jesus in English. While many of us use this without the meaning, it has got a very deep insight and is being used from long ago.

Santa Claus was once a saint

Saint Nicolas was the most popular saint who loved and behaved compassionately to anyone he met. He was so famous for his charity and he always tried to deliver something to the needy. With regard to his memory, the concept of Santa Claus originated. In the olden times, the Santa Claus was a priest who delivered small gifts and surprises to the people. Later, the shape, size and looks of the Santa were improvised and finally, it looks like an old man with a huge white beard in a red dress who delivers gifts to children!

Candy Canes have a story too

Candy canes are the most popular sweets in the Christmas season. Apart from the size and shape, everyone likes that. The tradition of serving candy canes during Christmas also started after Christ. It is believed that a candy man in Indiana wanted to make a special sweet for Christmas. He created white peppermint candies that represented the purity of the Christ. Later he added red stripes to demonstrate the bloodshed of Christ for the humanity and the shape of the cane represented J, which is Jesus indeed.

The process of ordering artificial trees

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Today we are going to stay on the same topic we have over the best few articles and continue talking about faux trees. Hopefully our earlier blog posts are still fresh so we can jump right into what is important. When creating a landscape it is always key to have a good idea of what you need in terms of specific variety before even starting your design process. There are many reasons why this is important, and we will try to cover them all as to justify the whole purpose of even talking about this. For one, there are MANY types of artificial trees out there on the market. Competition in the Silk Plant Industry is increasing every month, and with that comes the addition of more and more new products. Just a couple of years ago you may not have been able to find fake Baobab trees anywhere, as they are a unique and rare tree as an authentic piece. With so many different products out there it is extremely hard to make a final decision, and if you wait until the end when the deadline is almost due then that becomes an even more stressful situation. For those reasons alone you should always think about the types of artificial trees you will need before starting any landscape design project. If you already have this step complete, then there are still other things that can be done to make the design process all the more smoother. With artificial trees there are various steps you can take to make sure they are guaranteed to last for many many years. The reason you would want this guaranteed is because many of the artificial trees we build are huge. We are taking 10 feet plus many times. And with that size you are making an investment that is going to last you 10-15 years if treated properly. With trees that large there also comes the issue with safety in terms of fires and with staying upright against winds and gravity. We secure all of our faux trees down with metal brackets placed around the base of the trunk, that way there is no risk of the tree taking a heavy fall regardless of the weather. Many of the larger trees are also fabricated with steel on the interior which makes for a much sturdier product that can withstand almost anything. As far as fires go, the larger the tree gets the more problems you will have with abiding to fire codes. One of the reasons why is because with large trees you will also have a large amount of foliage to provide covering. Take for example an artificial 12’ Phoenix Palm tree. We have made many of these throughout the years at Commercial Silk International, and the foliage that is required to provide the most realistic appearance is enough to pose a real fire hazard in any situation. Because of this we have developed a technology that combats the dangers associated with a lot of plastic material foliage and made a chemical blend that can protect and negate the effects of fire. ThermaLeaf® is our patented technology that takes the stress of worrying over fire codes completely away. This chemical blend has been tested for all codes across the country and with this sprayed on the artificial tree and foliage itself you can place these without worry inside any interior design project. With ThermaLeaf® technology your products are safe, but more importantly the people who will be enjoying them are safe as well. If you are not putting your artificial trees indoors there are still ways you can make sure that they last and are protected. The UV rays from the sun can pose a serious problem to the plastic material from which the artificial foliage is derived from. Many times fading will start to occur, after many many years mind you. If you are making a large investment and have a major landscape design project that requires large trees, then using PermaLeaf® technology would be in your best interests. PermaLeaf® is our other patented technology that makes the foliage and artificial tree materials (bark, branches, twigs, etc.) impervious to UV rays and damaging light that causes fading. In places where there is constant sun and extreme heat, this is where this technology will be most important. We take this chemical blend and impregnate it directly into the plant material making sure that the whole area is covered. With this piece of mind you can know that the money spent will not begin to lose value just because of the weather. As an interior designer or architect it is important to know that your products will last so using PermaLeaf® technology is almost a must. Once you know the variety of the tree you need and then the technology or chemicals that you want used to keep it safe and long-lasting the rest should be fairly simple. As a designer you will have already known the sizes you are looking for, and then it just getting pricing and moving forward with the order. Everything that has been mentioned before can also be a lot better explained with one of our experienced project managers. They can talk you through the specific tree varieties you are targeting and offer suggestions on alternatives of similar ones that may be better suited or just less expensive. We want to make sure you feel comfortable with your purchase no matter how big or small. Our project managers will also know if it is necessary for you to use one of our patented technologies, or if it would be a waste of resources. Having a good idea of what you are planning on purchasing beforehand is important, so hopefully this article made some better sense of what we offer in terms of artificial trees and technologies in place to protect them.

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