It’s Time To Share What Really Matters
When you hear about Xmas, it is to talk about the holidays, the gifts, or the Christmas decorations. Despite the difficult situation that we are experiencing worldwide, when Christmas arrives, optimism, hope, and values such as generosity and peace, take over all of us, including all of the children.
The Christmas spirit makes us feel closer to others and regain that childlike sense that we put aside for the rest of the year. What better way to do it than to share unforgettable moments with our loved ones to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus, the arrival of Santa Claus, or the Three Kings Day?
One of the most famous traditions in this month of December is the Advent Calendar, a “countdown” from December 1st to December 24th (Christmas Eve), indicating how long until Christmas is.
The Origin of the Advent Calendar
But where does this tradition come from? Well, we have to go back to 19th century Germany, when children lit a candle every day during Advent, which runs from the first Sunday (November 29th) until Christmas Eve. This is how the family and, above all, the little ones were preparing for Christmas.
According to tradition, the most humble families made 24 chalk marks on the door of the house, and the children erased one every day until they reached Christmas Eve. In the richest families, each day, the little ones were given a sweet or candy.
At the beginning of the 20th century, colored images were sold on sticking on the walls (one for each day of Advent), and as early as 1920, calendars more similar to the ones we have today were marketed. In the middle of the last century, the tradition became popular throughout the rest of Europe, including sweets and other surprise gifts, up to the present day. The Advent calendar adds a touch of excitement to Christmas, making the wait until its arrival full of illusion and magic.
An Xmas Message for Every Day
At Sandos, we do not want to break tradition, so we have compiled 24 messages to reflect on and share with all of you in these moments when hope and love are the main protagonists.
- Hope has many names, but we fools call it love.
- Do not lose hope; when the sun goes down, the stars come out.
- Life ends when you stop dreaming, hope when you stop believing, and love when you stop caring for it.
- At the end of the darkness hides a light that bears your name.
- Just have faith; Believe with all your heart that your best days are in front of you.
- The sun rises for you too; you just have to open the window.
- Winners are not those who never fail, but those who never lose hope.
- We don’t always get what we want, but sooner or later, life grants us what we deserve.
- When you are at the end of the rope, tie a knot, and hold on.
- Don’t lose hope because things come when you least expect them.
- The past cannot be changed, but the future is in your hands.
- The hope is the dream of the ones who are awake.
- You will never see the rainbow if you always look down.
- Do not leave your dreams aside because only they can guide you towards a better future.
- Big changes are always accompanied by a strong jolt.
- Stand up, breathe, smile, and go ahead.
- You just have to put a little hope in dreams and a little fantasy in reality.
- If the road is difficult, it is because you are going in the right direction.
- Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.
- Hope is not optimism; it knows that, even if something does not turn out the way we want, it is worth it.
- Learn from the waves; sometimes, it pays to withdraw in time and come back even stronger.
- Everything starts to fall into place when we focus on what we love the most.
- Behind the fulfilled dreams, there are always efforts that nobody sees.
- Hope is what keeps you breathing, even when the pressure of life is suffocating you.
At Sandos, we want you to be able to enjoy these special dates with those you love the most, surrounded by wonderful and exuberant nature in a warm climate.
And to finish, we leave you 5 fun facts about Christmas:
- The Origin of the Christmas Star
The Christmas star that we usually place on our Christmas trees is originally from the Philippines. Their torches in the shape of five-pointed stars are prepared, which illuminate the entrance of the homes.
- Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh
Tradition says that the Magi from the East came to pay homage to Jesus of Nazareth. They brought three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Melchor brought gold for its great value and beauty; Gaspar brought incense, a balsamic resin that gives off a very pleasant aromatic smoke when burning, and Baltasar brought myrrh, an aromatic, resinous substance with antiseptic, digestive, and antidepressant properties.
- The Origin of the Christmas Tree
These characteristic evergreens became the base of our Christmas tree. The Germans are believed to have been the first to bring “Christmas trees” into their homes during the holidays and decorate them with cookies and lights. Now, practically every place in the world follows the tradition.
We have seen the word Christmas written many times in English, Christmas, and Xmas. Did you know that this abbreviation for Christmas is religious? The letter X is the Greek abbreviation for Christ.
- The Most Famous “Song”
Irving Berlin’s song “White Christmas” is believed to be the best-selling single in music history, with more than 100 million copies sold.