Anjan’s Last Fact Article of 2016: MORE WINTER!
You know, it’s a fact that Santa Claus has an enemy. Believe it or not, German legends tell of a half-goat, half-devil named Krampus. Krampus is known as Santa’s foe in German legends, and the Germans had a holiday dedicated to celebrating Krampus.
Santa Claus was born as Saint Nicholas in 290 C.E. near Palmyra, Turkey. I find it ironic that Santa Claus was born in the tropical climate of Turkey, yet he’s able to survive the harsh cold in northern Finland!
The world’s three most celebrated religious holidays are Easter, Chinese New Year, and Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. In fact, both Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve are more celebrated than Christmas.
New Year’s is the world’s oldest holiday. It been celebrated by most cultures on their calendars’ on the start of a new year.
The winter holidays are a time celebrated by people all over the world, but no one celebrates it as much as the traditional late night shows. Jimmy Kimmel Live! has an annual tradition of Hostel Vista, a contest in which a visitor to Los Angeles for the holidays is awarded a vista room at Hotel Roosevelt, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon has an annual tradition called 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters, in which a lucky member of the audience is awarded a custom-designed holiday themed sweater designed by the costume crew. Even The Late Late Show with James Corden has an annual Christmas Carpool Karaoke every year around the holidays! This year, the Carpool Karaoke featured Mariah Carey singing All I Want for Christmas is You, although many other popular singers were featured such as Adele and Lady Gaga.
Most people know that Christmas is a celebration of Jesus Christ’s birthday. This year, we will be celebrating Christ’s 2,016th birthday!
This Winter Solstice will be be one of the shortest days in Earth’s history. The oceans cause the Earth to rotate slower, while melting of glaciers is speeding up the rotation.
-The Middle Schoolers