Christmas babies
Christmas babies
Worldwide, 3 babies are born every second. Every 8 seconds a baby is born in the United States. More babies are born on a Tuesday than any other day – except if Tuesday falls on Christmas day because fewer babies are born on Christmas day making a Christmas birthday a very special birthday indeed. Usually, on average about 220 000 babies are born each day but on Christmas day only about 172 000 babies are born. But the Christmas holiday is special for another reason: most babies are born in August and September meaning that more babies are conceived during Christmas season than any time. The most famous Christmas baby is, of course, Jesus Christ. Needless to say, Christmas is the day the birth of Jesus is celebrated… even though Jesus was probably born in March. The word “Christmas” means “Mass of Christ,” later shortened to “Christ-Mass.” The even shorter form “Xmas” – first used in Europe in the 1500s – is derived from the Greek alphabet, in which X is the first letter of Christ’s name: Xristos, therefore “X-Mass.”
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