What do we know about Christmas in UK? We sum up the most important informations about time of Christmas and its beginnings.
Holidays in United Kingdom – how it started?
The beginnigs of Christmas stretch back thousands of years and they are connected with old celebrations round the midwinter solstice. A lots of elements of Holidays have pagan origins. Traditions of Christmas reach UK too, although the way of some traditions was modified. The interesting fact is that traditions are different between regions of the United Kingdom.
Holidays in United Kingdom – more than a few days
Christmas day in the United Kingdom is celebrated on December 25. However ealier there is an Advent – from the first day of December through Christmas Eve. It is time in which practice is using of calendar for Advent and candles for Advent. 24th day of December is Christmas Eve. People sit at the table on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. many people go to church where take place religious service. December 25th, people begin from opening gifts. Most of people walk that day to church and next watch the Queen’s Speech. That day pass for rest.
Boxing Day in United Kingdom
Second day of Christmas is called Boxing Day. It is free day in England but if it will be during a weekend, then bank holiday is provided on Monday. Boxing Day is time to give gifts to loved ones, friends and other ones. Tradition of Boxing Day come from Middle Ages. Then priests were supposed to empty ale alms box and give the contents to the poor. Rich ones, after Christmas feasts take the rest of foods in boxes and gave out to their minions. Mentioned custom did not remain to nowadays but the term of Boxing Day is still use. Christmas accesories in home should be hidden until January 6th (celebration Epiphany). In Britishers’ convictions, extension of that date may ended with tough luck.
Christmas is amazing period in UK and in the other areas of world. Let’s spend that time with our loved ones and be happy of Jesus’s birth.