I’ve been celebrating Christmas for a long time. I won’t say how long, but let’s just say a long time. And being in the lapel pin business I have come to be known as “that guy who always gives away those Christmas pins”. The fact is from around Thanksgiving through Christmas I give away a Christmas or holiday pin to just about everyone I meet. Than this year it struck me; in all the years I’ve celebrated Christmas, I’ve never once dug into the reasons why our traditions *are* our traditions. So, this year I did a little looking, and came up with some interesting facts.
For example, did you know that Christmas has been celebrated since the 4th century? Or that despite Christmas being celebrated on the 25th of December, scholars and scientists alike have determined that Jesus Christ was most likely born during the month of March? Clergy back in the 4th century were eager to squelch pagan holidays also celebrated around the first day of winter in late December, and felt that putting the concentration on the birth of Christ at this time could help their cause. And clearly, it didn’t hurt!
Then there’s Santa Claus-where did this larger than life character originate? Turns out the legend began the same time Christmas took off, in the 4th century. A priest humble named Nicholas would sneak around to poor families’ homes in the dead of night and drop bags of gold down their chimneys, working hard not to be seen out of modesty. This real life saint gave way to the mythical, pan-continental Santa Claus that we all know and love today.
So while I might not be Santa Claus or a saint, ‘tis the season to be giving, and a great token to give to everyone you come across is a Christmas pin. Christmas and holiday pins are fun, festive, and easy to sneak onto someone’s desk; without them ever knowing you were there. Bring out your inner Santa and spread the Christmas spirit with holiday lapel pins this year.