Santa's hand reaches in to take a cookie off a plateThe holiday season is a time of joy, togetherness, and a little bit of magic.

As we gather around the sparkling Christmas tree, exchange gifts with loved ones, and indulge in delicious treats, it’s easy to get swept up in the festive spirit. But have you ever wondered about the origins of these traditions?

Well, you’re in for a treat!

We’re going to unwrap a collection of fun Christmas facts that may not only surprise you, but also deepen your appreciation of this beloved holiday!

 

Candy Canes

One of the most beloved and delicious traditions is the candy cane.

The original version of the candy cane came about in 1670, when a German choirmaster gave sugar sticks to his young singers to keep them quiet during church services. He even bent the sticks into little shepherd’s crooks to honor the shepherds in the Nativity story, giving the candy is iconic cane-like shape.

Then, in the 1840s, German-Swedish immigrant August Imgard brought the candy cane to America, where its popularity quickly spread. By 1900, the white canes got their iconic red stripes and peppermint flavor – and the rest is sweet, sweet history.

 

an A.I.-generated Christmas wreathThe Christmas Wreath

When it comes to Christmas traditions, the wreath is a classic. This circular decoration is often seen hanging on doors or walls, inviting all who pass by to partake in the yuletide spirit.

But did you know that the tradition of the wreath actually started with the Christmas tree?

Both customs spring from our love for evergreen trees during the winter season. Evergreens have always held a special place in people’s hearts during the cold, dark winter months. These resilient trees were a beautiful reminder that even in the harshest of seasons, some things could stay green and alive.

For centuries, people believed that evergreens had the power to ward off ghosts, evil spirits, and sickness, and they brought them into their homes for good luck. As they trimmed the trees to fit inside, folks didn’t let the excess greenery go to waste. Instead, they wove it together to form beautiful and fragrant wreaths.

Originally, they hung wreaths on the tree itself, but as time went on, the wreath became a stand-alone decoration in its own right. The wreath is a beautiful representation of the spirit of the season – one of hope, renewal, and the enduring power of life in the face of darkness.

 

Eggnog

There’s something about eggnog that just screams holiday season. The rich, creamy drink is the perfect accompaniment to indulgent festive treats, or to warm up by the fire after a bracing winter walk. It’s little wonder that eggnog has been enjoyed for centuries. The drink has evolved, of course, but the core ingredients – milk, cream, sugar, eggs, and spices – remain the same.

While the creator of this delicious concoction remains a mystery, historians agree that eggnog originated in medieval Britain. At first, it was a luxury drink reserved for the wealthy who had easy access to fresh eggs and milk. However, monks in the Middle-Ages are credited with perfecting the recipe.

Years later, eggnog became a popular beverage in the American colonies – so much so that even George Washington created his own recipe for a particularly potent eggnog!

two cups of eggnog, next to a bottle of eggnog and a Christmas cupcake

Boxing Day

Right after Christmas, we get a highly celebrated day known as Boxing Day.

Although its exact origins remain hazy, there are several compelling theories on the day’s history. Some suggest that its roots stem from the opening of alms boxes in churches that held donations for the poor.

Meanwhile, others believe that it’s connected with the servants who staffed large estates in the past (like the maids and footmen in “Downton Abbey”). Many people in service had to work on Christmas day to handle their bosses’ celebrations. So, the next day, they were granted time off for their own holiday observances, and often received boxes of gifts from their employers.

It’s a tradition that continues to this day, where employees across many different industries receive Christmas bonuses.

 

Wishing You the Best Holidays!

The holiday season is the perfect time to recognize everyone who’s made a significant impact on our business this year. We’d like to express our heartfelt thanks to our customers, partners, and team members who’ve played a vital role in our success.

From all of us at Smart Link Solutions, here’s wishing you a joyful holiday season – and prosperous & healthy New Year!

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