As the year winds down, it’s always nice to take some time to reflect on the year gone by and the prospects for the New Year. Whether one celebrates Christmas or not, we thought it would be interesting to share a few fun facts about how winter festivities that pre-date Christmas – in its current form – were celebrated.
- Early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. Many peoples rejoiced during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them and they could look forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight.
- In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated Yule from December 21, the winter solstice, through January. In recognition of the return of the sun, fathers and sons would bring home large logs, which they would set on fire. The people would feast until the log burned out, which could take as many as 12 days. The Norse believed that each spark from the fire represented a new pig or calf that would be born during the coming year.
- Instead of the quiet holiday that it is today, Christmas was quite a noisy and rowdy affair before the American’s re-conceptualized it in its more contemporary form in the 19th Century.
Today, the holiday is usually associated with Christmas carols, the iconic Christmas trees, Santa Claus, and of course, presents galore. We here at Zapya thought it would be nice to share joy and happiness this holiday season. So the team decided to design a fun Christmas themed game for everyone! Just go on to Zapya and you will be prompted to play the game “Spot Rudolph”, the famous red nose reindeer as many times before time runs out. Play, have fun, and share your scores online!
We wish everyone a happy and restful holiday. Oh, and don’t forget to keep sharing your memorable moments with Zapya – especially if it’s a Santa moment!