What do we know about Christmas in United Kingdom? We present the most important informations about time of Christmas and its history.
Holidays in UK – beginnings
The origins of Christmas started thousands years ago and they are connected with old ceremonies round the shortest day of year. Many aspects of Holidays have pagan origins. Customs of Holidays reach United Kingdom too, although the way of some traditions was changed. The interesting fact is that customs differ between regions of the UK.
Holidays in UK – dates
Christmas day in the UK is celebrated on December 25. However ealier there is an Advent – from December 1st through Christmas Eve. It is period in which popular is using of calendar for Advent and advent candles. December 24th is called Christmas Eve. All families spend evening on Christmas dinner. At midnight many people go to church where is religious service. December 25th, people started from opening presents. Majority go that day to church and then watch the Queen’s Speech. All day pass for relax.
Second day of Christmas in United Kingdom
Day after Christmas is Boxing Day. It is bank holiday in United Kingdom but if it happens during a weekend, then bank holiday is provided direct after Sunday. Boxing Day is day to give gifts to loved ones, friends and another people. History of second day of Christmas started in Middle Ages. Then all of priests were supposed to empty ale alms box and distribute the gifs to the poor. Wealthy ones, after Christmas banquets packed up the remains in boxes and distributed out to their servants. That custom didn’t live on to nowadays but the term of Boxing Day is still use. Holidays accesories in home can be keep until January 6th (celebration Epiphany). In Britishers’ convictions, extension of that date may ended with tough luck.
Holidays is amazing period in UK and in the other areas of world. Try to live that time with our loved ones and be glad of birth of Jesus.