What do you know about Christmas in United Kingdom? We sum up the most important facts about dates of Holidays and its history.
Christmas in UK – beginnings
The beginnigs of Christmas started thousands years ago and they are related with prehistoric celebrations around the shortest day of year. A lots of elements of Holidays derived from pagan. Customs of Holidays come to United Kingdom too, although the way of some custom was changed. The interesting fact is that traditions are different between areas of the United Kingdom.
Christmas in United Kingdom – when it is?
Christmas day in the United Kingdom is on December 25. But before that there is an Advent – from December 1st through December 24th. It’s period in which popular is using of advent calendar and candles for Advent. December 24th is called Christmas Eve. All families spend evening on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. many Britishers walk to church where take place religious service. December 25th, families started from opening presents. Most of people walk afternoon to church and next listen to the Queen’s Speech. All day is spend for relax.
Second day of Christmas in UK
December 26th is called Boxing Day. It is free day in England however if it will be during a Saturday or Sunday, then free day is declared on first day of next week. Boxing Day is time to give gifts to loved ones, buddies and another people. Tradition of second day of Holidays started in Middle Ages. In that time all of priests were supposed to empty ale box for alms and distribute the bounties to the poor. Wealthy people, after Christmas feasts take the remains in boxes and gave out to their minions. Mentioned tradition did not live on to nowadays but the name of Boxing Day is constantly in using. Holidays decoratives in house can be keep until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In British’s convictions, noncompliance of that deadline can entrailed with tough luck.
Holidays is magical period in UK and all over the world. Try to spend that time with family and be happy of birth of Jesus.