What do you know about Christmas in UK? We present the most important facts about dates of Christmas and it’s beginnings.
Christmas in United Kingdom – beginnings
The beginnigs of Christmas stretch back thousands of years and they are connected with prehistoric ceremonies round the shortest day of year. Many aspects of Christmas have origins in pagan culture. Customs of Holidays reach United Kingdom too, but the form of some custom was modified. The oddity is that customs are different between areas of the United Kingdom.
Holidays in United Kingdom – time
Christmas day in the UK is on December 25. However before that there is an Advent – from the first day of December to Christmas Eve. It is period in which popular is using of calendar for Advent and candles for Advent. December 24th is called Christmas Eve. People sit at the table on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. many Britishers walk to church where is church service. The first day of Holidays, people started from unpacking gifts. Most of people go afternoon to church and next listen to the Speech of Queen. All day pass for relax.
Boxing Day in United Kingdom
December 26th is Boxing Day. It’s bank holiday in UK however if it happens on a Saturday or Sunday, then free day is declared on Monday. Boxing Day is time to give presents to family, friends and other ones. Beginning of second day of Christmas come from medieval times. Then all of priests were supposed to open ale alms box and give the bounties to indigents. Rich people, after Christmas feasts packed up the remains in boxes and gave out to their servants. That custom didn’t live on to nowadays but the term of Boxing Day is still use. Christmas accesories in home should be hidden until January 6th (celebration Epiphany). In British’s beliefs, extension of that deadline may ended with bad luck.
Christmas is magical time in UK and all over the world. Let’s spend that time with family and be glad of birth of Jesus.