What do we know about Christmas in UK? We present the most important informations about time of Christmas and its beginnings.
Christmas in UK – where did they come from?
The origins of Christmas stretch back thousands of years and they are connected with prehistoric celebrations around the midwinter solstice. A lots of elements of Holidays have origins in pagan culture. Customs of Christmas come to United Kingdom too, but the form of some traditions was modified. The interesting fact is that traditions differ between regions of the United Kingdom.
Holidays in United Kingdom – when it is?
Christmas day in the UK is on December 25. However before that there is an Advent – from the first day of December to December 24th. It is time in which practice is using of advent calendar and candles for Advent. December 24th is Christmas Eve. All families sit at the table on Christmas dinner. At midnight many people walk to church where is religious service. The first day of Holidays, families begin from opening presents. Majority go that day to church and next watch the Queen’s Speech. All day pass for rest.
Second day of Holidays in United Kingdom
December 26th is called Boxing Day. It’s bank holiday in England however if it will be on a Saturday or Sunday, then bank holiday is declared on Monday. Boxing Day is time to give gifts to family, friends and another ones. Tradition of Boxing Day come from Middle Ages. Then all of priests were supposed to empty ale box for alms and distribute the gifs to the poor. Wealthy people, after Christmas banquets packed up the rest of foods in boxes and gave out to their servants. That custom didn’t live on to these days however the name of Boxing Day is constantly in using. Christmas decoratives in house can be keep until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In Britishers’ convictions, extension of that date can bring bad luck.
Holidays is unusual period in United Kingdom and all over the world. Let’s spend that time with our loved ones and be glad of birth of Jesus.