What do you know about Christmas in UK? We sum up the most important informations about dates of Holidays and its history.
Christmas in United Kingdom – how it started?
The origins of Christmas started back thousands of years and they are related with prehistoric celebrations round the midwinter solstice. A lots of elements of Holidays have pagan origins. Traditions of Christmas reach United Kingdom too, although the way of some custom was modified. The interesting fact is that traditions differ between regions of the United Kingdom.
Christmas in UK – time
Christmas day in the UK is on December 25. However ealier there is an Advent – from the first day of December to Christmas Eve. It is period in which popular is using of calendar for Advent and advent candles. December 24th is called Christmas Eve. All families spend evening on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. a lots of Britishers go to church where is church service. December 25th, people begin from unpacking presents. Most of people go afternoon to church and then listen to the Queen’s Speech. All day is spend for rest.
Second day of Holidays in UK
Second day of Christmas is Boxing Day. It’s free day in United Kingdom but if it happens during a Saturday or Sunday, then free day is provided on Monday. Boxing Day is time to give presents to family, buddies and another people. Tradition of second day of Christmas started in medieval times. In that time all of priests were supposed to open ale box for alms and distribute the gifs to the poor. Wealthy ones, after Christmas banquets take the remains in boxes and gave out to their servants. That tradition did not live on to nowadays however the term of Boxing Day is still use. Holidays accesories in home should be hidden until January 6th (celebration Epiphany). In Britishers’ beliefs, extension of that deadline may bring bad luck.
Christmas is magical time in UK and in the other areas of world. Let’s live that time with family and be happy of Jesus’s birth.