Christmas in United Kingdom
What do you know about Christmas in UK? We present the most important informations about time of Holidays and its history.
Christmas in UK – where did they come from?
The origins of Christmas started back thousands of years and they are related with old ceremonies round the shortest day of year. A lots of elements of Holidays derived from pagan. Traditions of Holidays come to UK too, however the form of some traditions was changed. The interesting fact is that traditions differ between areas of the UK.
Christmas in UK – more than a few days
Holidays day in the UK is celebrated on December 25. However ealier there is an Advent – from December 1st to Christmas Eve. It is time in which practice is using of advent calendar and candles for Advent. 24th day of December is called Christmas Eve. People sit at the table on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. many people go to church where take place church service. The first day of Christmas, people started from unpacking presents. Majority walk that day to church and next watch the Speech of Queen. All day pass for rest.
Boxing Day in United Kingdom
Day after Christmas is called Boxing Day. It is free day in UK however if it will be on a weekend, then bank holiday is declared direct after Sunday. Boxing Day is time to give gifts to family, friends and other people. History of second day of Holidays come from medieval times. In that time all of priests were supposed to open ale box for alms and distribute the contents to indigents. Wealthy people, after Christmas feasts packed up the remains in boxes and gave out to their minions. Mentioned tradition did not live on to these days but the term of Boxing Day is still in using. Holidays decoratives in home can be keep until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In British’s convictions, extension of that date may bring bad luck.
Holidays is unusual time in UK and everywhere. Let’s spend that time with family and be glad of Jesus’s birth.