Christmas in United Kingdom
What do you know about Christmas in United Kingdom? We present the most important facts about dates of Christmas and its beginnings.
Christmas in UK – beginnings
The beginnigs of Christmas stretch back thousands of years and they are related with old ceremonies around the shortest day of year. A lots of aspects of Christmas have pagan origins. Customs of Christmas reach United Kingdom too, although the form of some traditions was changed. The interesting fact is that customs are different between areas of the UK.
Holidays in United Kingdom – dates
Christmas day in the UK is on December 25. But before that there is an Advent – from the first day of December to December 24th. It’s period in which popular is using of calendar for Advent and candles for Advent. December 24th is called Christmas Eve. People spend evening on Christmas dinner. At midnight a lots of Britishers go to church where is religious service. December 25th, families begin from opening presents. Most of people go that day to church and then listen to the Speech of Queen. That day pass for relax.
Boxing Day in United Kingdom
December 26th is Boxing Day. It is bank holiday in England however if it happens during a weekend, then bank holiday is provided on Monday. Boxing Day is time to give gifts to loved ones, buddies and another ones. Tradition of Boxing Day started in medieval times. In that time all of priests were supposed to open ale alms box and distribute the contents to the poor. Wealthy ones, after Christmas banquets take the rest of foods in boxes and gave out to their minions. That custom did not remain to nowadays however the name of Boxing Day is constantly use. Christmas accesories in home can be keep until January 6th (celebration Epiphany). In Britishers’ convictions, extension of that deadline can bring tough luck.
Christmas is magical period in United Kingdom and in the other areas of world. Try to spend that time with our loved ones and be glad of birth of Jesus.