What do we know about Christmas in UK? We present the key facts about time of Christmas and its history.
Christmas in United Kingdom – how it started?
The origins of Christmas stretch back thousands of years and they are connected with old celebrations around the shortest day of year. A lots of aspects of Christmas have origins in pagan culture. Customs of Christmas come to United Kingdom too, but the way of some custom was modified. The interesting fact is that traditions differ between regions of the UK.
Christmas in UK – more than a few days
Christmas day in the United Kingdom is on December 25. However before that there is an Advent – from the first day of December to Christmas Eve. It’s period in which practice is using of calendar for Advent and candles for Advent. 24th day of December is called Christmas Eve. People sit at the table on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. a lots of Britishers go to church where is religious service. December 25th, people begin from opening gifts. Majority go that day to church and next listen to the Speech of Queen. That day pass for rest.
Boxing Day in UK
Day after Christmas is called Boxing Day. It is bank holiday in England but if it will be on a weekend, then free day is provided on first day of next week. Boxing Day is day to give presents to family, friends and another ones. History of second day of Christmas started in medieval times. In that time all of priests were supposed to open ale box for alms and give the bounties to indigents. Wealthy people, after Christmas feasts take the remains in boxes and gave out to their minions. Mentioned custom did not remain to these days however the name of Boxing Day is still use. Christmas decoratives in home can be keep until January 6th (celebration Epiphany). In British’s beliefs, noncompliance of that date may entrailed with tough luck.
Christmas is unusual period in UK and all over the world. Try to spend that time with family and be happy of Jesus’s birth.