Christmas is a joyful time of year when families and friends come together to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season. Yet, there’s another side to Christmas—one which many people don’t know about. From unusual customs to the overlooked origins of the holiday, here are eight strange things about Christmas that you probably didn’t know.
1. Jesus Was Not Born on December 25
While historians generally agree that Jesus Christ was a real person, even the most dedicated biblical scholars aren’t sure when he was actually born. Proposed dates range from November until March, and December 25 was chosen because it fell close to the winter solstice, a major pagan holiday. Theoretically, this made it easier to convert pagans to Christianity in the religion’s early history.