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What a better way to celebrate Christmas than ten posts of ten facts? Feed yourself with the reason behind those Christmas-y traditions.
Military decorations look quite prestigious.
- Military decorations are ornamental items that also represent status or achievement, awarded to and warn by members of the military.
- Military decorations are often given as a token of recognition for courage, service and bravery during a certain situation, such as participation in a war.
- Honours and awards, similar to military decorations can be awarded to members of the general public for their bravery and service, notably fire fighters and police.
- The ancient Romans, Egyptians and Celts awarded military decorations to their soldiers and military leaders.
- The Polish award named the ‘War Order of Virtuti Militari’, the Latin term for ‘military virtue’, first bestowed in 1792, is among the earliest and most senior military decorations still available for nomination.
- Military decorations are sometimes illegally replicated, sold and worn, and the offence can lead to serious consequences like jail.
- Bravery, campaign and service awards, are common military decorations awarded today, and orders of merit can also be awarded, although they are not necessarily restricted to the military.
- Military decorations often come in the form of ribbons, badges or medals, and multiple decorations are often worn at a time.
- Awardees of military decorations are typically nominated by someone not directly related to the recipient, typically submitted to the government’s military department by other military personnel.
- Military decorations come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes, and stars, crosses and circles are common shapes.
Do you look forwards to Christmas gifts during the Christmas season?
- Christmas gifts are items given to other people during the Christmas season, and they can be given from a range of people including individuals, families, groups, and businesses.
- The idea of giving Christmas gifts is often believed to have been inspired by the three gifts that the wise men or magi gave to Jesus after he was born, as well as the suggestion that gifts also symbolise Jesus, God’s gift.
- The giving of gifts in December was practised by the Ancient Romans during the festival season of Saturnalia, which may have influenced the giving of Christmas gifts at a later time, and in the 1200s French nuns gave gifts to those less fortunate in early December for Saint Nicholas’ Day, and this tradition is still practised in some countries.
- Christmas gifts only became a common tradition later in the 1700s; and prominent commercial Christmas advertising appeared by the 1820s.
- Christmas gifts are commonly bought from retailers in October to December, when many shops start advertising their Christmas goods.
- Christmas gifts are commonly given and opened on Christmas Eve, the 24th December, or on the 25th of December, Christmas Day, although as late as the 6th of January is common in some countries.
- One can often find Christmas gifts gathered around a Christmas tree or in Christmas stockings, closer to the designated date of opening.
- The concept of Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus or the Christ Child (Kris Kringle) providing Christmas gifts, is not uncommon among children.
- The influence of Christmas gifts has been discussed controversially; some say the gifts detract and distract from the true meaning of Christmas.
- Christmas gifts are often exchanged between parents and children, extended family members and work colleagues, and gifts can range from simple home-made items that can include food, to extravagant expensive purchases.
Merry Christmas to all! Be sure to have a great day and remember Jesus’ gift for you. Also, be sure to drop by these past posts and learn more about the nativity!
Luke 2:4 NIV
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
Birth of Jesus Christ
Luke 2:6-7 NIV
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she (Mary) gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Luke 2:8-9 NIV
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
Star of Bethlehem
Matthew 2:1-2 NIV
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
‘Matthew, Luke’ n.d., in The Bible, New International Version, BibleGateway,