If you think about Christmas, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? 🎅🎄⛄️
Let’s go and discover together the history of some characteristic elements of this festival.
The Christmas star. The “Euphorbia pulcherrima” or Poinsettia is actually a plant that comes from the highlands of Central America. From the mid-1900s it began to be cultivated and used in Germany as a houseplant and spread throughout the world. But why is it associated with Christmas? A Mexican legend tells that a very poor little girl, to bring a gift to the altar of baby Jesus, composed a bunch of twigs and withered flowers. The little girl’s love transformed those herbs into wonderful red flowers in the shape of stars.
The bingo. The birth of this game dates back to 300 years ago. Charles III of Bourbon, King of Naples, obtained the legalization of the lotto, at the time only a game of chance. However, the law provided that the game was suspended during the holiday season. The inhabitants of the kingdom, to continue to have fun even during the break, invented the lotto in the family, or bingo.
The Snowman. The origin of the snowman is still unclear. Bob Eckstein in his book “History of the snowman”, says that the first portrait found dates back to 1380, in the middle of the Middle Ages. The cute little iced man simply had the function of entertaining the children. It is from the second half of the 1900s that the snowman enters popular culture, from music to literature.
The lights. Symbol of Jesus as the light of the world, initially the trees were decorated with candles. It was Edward H. Johnson, a partner of the inventor Edison, who created the first Christmas lights. In 1895, US President Cleveland helped spread this custom by sponsoring the White House’s first lighted Christmas tree.