What do we know about Christmas in UK? We sum up the key facts about time of Christmas and its history.
Christmas in United Kingdom – where did they come from?
The origins of Christmas stretch thousands years ago and they are connected with old celebrations around the shortest day of year. A lots of aspects of Christmas have pagan origins. Traditions of Christmas reach UK too, however the form of some custom was modified. The oddity is that customs differ between regions of the United Kingdom.
Holidays in UK – day by day
Christmas day in the United Kingdom is on December 25. But ealier there is an Advent – from the first day of December through Christmas Eve. It is time in which popular is using of advent calendar and advent candles. 24th day of December is called Christmas Eve. People spend evening on Christmas dinner. At midnight many Britishers go to church where take place religious service. December 25th, people begin from opening gifts. Majority walk that day to church and then listen to the Queen’s Speech. That day pass for rest.
Boxing Day in United Kingdom
Day after Christmas is Boxing Day. It’s free day in England but if it happens during a Saturday or Sunday, then free day is provided direct after weekend. Boxing Day is day to give gifts to family, friends and other ones. Tradition of Boxing Day started in medieval times. Then all of priests were supposed to open ale box for alms and give the gifs to indigents. Rich ones, after Christmas feasts take the rest of foods in boxes and distributed out to their servants. Mentioned tradition did not live on to nowadays but the name of Boxing Day is still use. Holidays decoratives in home can be keep until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In Britishers’ convictions, extension of that date may ended with tough luck.
Holidays is amazing time in United Kingdom and all over the world. Let’s live that time with family and be happy of birth of Jesus.