What do you know about Christmas in UK? We sum up the key facts about time of Christmas and its beginnings.
Christmas in UK – beginnings
The beginnigs of Christmas started thousands years ago and they are related with old ceremonies round the midwinter solstice. Many elements of Christmas have origins in pagan culture. Customs of Christmas reach UK too, although the way of some custom was changed. The interesting fact is that traditions are different between regions of the United Kingdom.
Holidays in UK – when it is?
Holidays day in the United Kingdom is celebrated on December 25. But ealier there is an Advent – from the first day of December through Christmas Eve. It’s period in which practice is using of calendar for Advent and candles for Advent. December 24th is Christmas Eve. People sit at the table on Christmas dinner. At midnight many Britishers go to church where take place church service. The first day of Holidays, families begin from opening gifts. Majority go afternoon to church and next watch the Queen’s Speech. All day is spend for rest.
Second day of Holidays in UK
December 26th is called Boxing Day. It is bank holiday in England however if it will be during a Saturday or Sunday, then free day is declared direct after weekend. Boxing Day is day to give gifts to loved ones, friends and other people. Tradition of Boxing Day come from medieval times. Then priests were supposed to empty ale alms box and distribute the gifs to the poor. Wealthy ones, after Christmas banquets packed up the remains in boxes and distributed out to their servants. That tradition did not remain to nowadays but the term of Boxing Day is still in using. Christmas decoratives in home should be hidden until January 6th (celebration Epiphany). In British’s convictions, noncompliance of that date may bring tough luck.
Christmas is amazing time in United Kingdom and all over the world. Let’s spend that time with our loved ones and be glad of birth of Jesus.