Christmas in United Kingdom
What do we know about Holidays in United Kingdom? We sum up the most important informations about time of Holidays and its beginnings.
Christmas in United Kingdom – where did they come from?
The origins of Christmas stretch thousands years ago and they are connected with old ceremonies round the midwinter solstice. Many elements of Christmas have pagan origins. Traditions of Christmas reach UK too, but the form of some traditions was modified. The oddity is that traditions differ between areas of the United Kingdom.
Christmas in United Kingdom – day by day
Christmas day in the United Kingdom is on December 25. But before that there is an Advent – from the first day of December to Christmas Eve. 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 a lots of Britishers walk to church where take place church service. December 25th, families begin from opening gifts. Most of people walk afternoon to church and next watch the Queen’s Speech. All day pass for relax.
Second day of Christmas in UK
Day after Christmas is called Boxing Day. It’s free day in England however if it will be on a Saturday or Sunday, then free day is declared on first day of next week. Boxing Day is day to give gifts to family, buddies and other ones. Tradition of Boxing Day started in Middle Ages. Then all of priests were supposed to empty ale box for alms and distribute the bounties to indigents. Wealthy people, after Christmas banquets take the rest of foods in boxes and gave out to their minions. That custom didn’t live on to nowadays however the term of Boxing Day is still use. Christmas accesories in home can be keep until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In Britishers’ convictions, extension of that deadline can bring bad luck.
Christmas is amazing period in UK and in the other areas of world. Try to live that time with our loved ones and be happy of birth of Jesus.