Candy Canes: Originally white—and for bored kids
The first known candy cane was made in 1670 by a German choirmaster to help children endure lengthy nativity services. They were white and modeled after shepherds’ canes. The candy cane made its way to America in 1847, when a German immigrant decorated the tree in his Ohio home with the iconic candy. Here are some more fun Christmas traditions from all around the world.
The Bible does not actually state when Jesus was born
Ory Gonian/Shutterstock The Gospels leave specific dates and even seasonal references to Jesus’ birth out, but mention shepherds tending their flocks when Jesus was born. This leads some to believe that he was more likely an Aries (spring) than a Capricorn (winter) baby, as spring is the season when lambs tend to be born.