What do we know about Christmas in UK? We sum up the most important facts about time of Christmas and its beginnings.
Holidays in UK – beginnings
The beginnigs of Christmas stretch thousands years ago and they are related with old ceremonies around the midwinter solstice. A lots of aspects of Holidays derived from pagan. Traditions of Christmas come to UK too, but the way of some custom was changed. The oddity is that traditions differ between regions of the UK.
Christmas in UK – time
Christmas day in the United Kingdom is on December 25. But ealier there is an Advent – from December 1st to December 24th. It is time in which practice is using of advent calendar and advent candles. December 24th is Christmas Eve. People spend evening on Christmas dinner. At midnight many Britishers walk to church where is church service. December 25th, families begin from opening gifts. Majority go that day to church and next watch the Speech of Queen. That day pass for relax.
Boxing Day in UK
December 26th is Boxing Day. It is free day in UK however if it happens during a Saturday or Sunday, then bank holiday is provided on first day of next week. Boxing Day is time to give presents to loved ones, friends and other ones. History of Boxing Day started in medieval times. In that time all of priests were supposed to empty ale box for alms and give the bounties to the poor. Rich people, after Christmas feasts take the rest of foods in boxes and distributed out to their minions. That custom did not live on to nowadays however the name of Boxing Day is still use. Christmas accesories in house should be hidden until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In British’s convictions, noncompliance of that date may ended with tough luck.
Christmas is unusual time in UK and all over the world. Try to spend that time with our loved ones and be glad of birth of Jesus.