Holidays in United Kingdom
What do we know about Christmas in United Kingdom? We sum up the key informations about time of Christmas and its beginnings.
Christmas in UK – how it started?
The beginnigs of Christmas stretch back thousands of years and they are connected with old celebrations round the midwinter solstice. A lots of elements of Holidays have pagan origins. Customs of Holidays reach UK too, however the way of some traditions was modified. The oddity is that customs differ between regions of the UK.
Christmas in United Kingdom – more than a few days
Christmas day in the United Kingdom is on December 25. But ealier there is an Advent – from December 1st through December 24th. It is time in which popular is using of advent calendar and advent candles. 24th day of December is called Christmas Eve. All families spend evening on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. many people walk to church where take place church service. December 25th, families begin from opening gifts. Majority go afternoon to church and next listen to the Queen’s Speech. That day pass for rest.
Boxing Day in UK
Second day of Christmas is called Boxing Day. It’s bank holiday in UK however if it will be during a weekend, then free day is declared on first day of next week. Boxing Day is day to give gifts to loved ones, buddies and another ones. History of second day of Christmas come from medieval times. In that time all of priests were supposed to empty ale box for alms and give the contents to the poor. Rich people, after Christmas banquets packed up the remains in boxes and distributed out to their servants. That tradition didn’t live on to these days but the term of Boxing Day is constantly in using. Holidays accesories in house can be keep until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In Britishers’ beliefs, extension of that deadline may bring bad luck.
Christmas is magical time in UK and everywhere. Try to spend that time with our loved ones and be glad of Jesus’s birth.