By Paul Andrews
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The Christmas cracker as we know it was invented by a man called Thomas Smith. He originally imported small gifts to sell, but until he wrapped them in crackers he did not sell them. Ralph Morris invented the Christmas tree ‘string’ of lights as we know them now back in 1895. The song ‘Jingle Bells’, was originally called ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’ and was written by James Pierpont in 1857. Mince pies are now mostly vegetarian, but where originally made with beef and spices. Carols began as an old English custom called wassailing, which was a way of toasting neighbours to a long life.
In the year 1937, the first postage stamp to commemorate Christmas was issued in Austria it is believed. Since medieval times, church bells have been rung to announce to the world the coming of the saviour on Christmas morning. It is believed that the Christmas tree was first decorated with lights in the 16th century. It is said that Martin Luther, the Protestant reformer, was the first to add lighted candles to the tree. The tradition of the wreath begun in the 17th century. The Holly, with its sharp pointed leaves, symbolises the thorns in Christ’s crown-of-thorns.
Oliver Cromwell, in England banned Christmas Carols from being sung between 1649 and 1660. Fortunately this is not the case now. The commonly used abbreviation for Christmas, to Xmas, is derived from the Greek alphabet. X is the letter Chi, which of course is the first letter of Christ’s name in the Greek alphabet. In the year 1856, United States President Franklin Pierce, decorates the first White House Christmas tree. In the year 1836, Alabama was the first state in the USA to declare Christmas a legal holiday.