Selection of Christmas facts (text + video)

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Christmas is an annual Christian holiday held on December 25th celebrating the birth of Jesus.

A Christmas tree is also known as the Yule-tree.

Christmas trees are evergreen trees, usually either a fir tree, pine tree or spruce tree.

It is believed that decorating Christmas trees started in 16th century Germany when Christians would bring decorated trees into their homes.

Christmas trees were first decorated with foods such as apples, nuts and dates.

Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in 1895.

Did you ever wonder where X-Mas came from? X means Christ in Greek, so to shorten the word Christmas we sometimes use X-Mas.

Did you know that giving presents was once banned by the Catholic Church? It was believed that gift giving was connected to paganism.

There are two islands named Christmas. Christmas Island (formerly Kiritimati) in the Pacific Ocean and Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

There are 3 towns in the US that are named Santa Claus. One in Georgia, one in Arizona and one in Indiana.

Santa Claus 8 eight reindeer are named: Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donner and Blitzen. The 9th reindeer is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Do you know his story?


  • annual – happening once every year – coroczny
  • evergreen trees – trees which have leaves for the whole year– drzewa zimozielone
  • fir – jodła
  • pine – sosna
  • spruce – świerk
  • dates – daktyle
  • to wonder – to ask yourself questions – zastanawiać się
  • to ban – to forbid – zakazać
  • paganism – a religion that has many gods, especially one that existed before the main world religions – pogaństwo

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