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Christmas Traditions Great Britain

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Christmas Traditions Great Britain
Boxing Day

Boxing Day takes place on December 26th
and is only celebrated in a few countries.
It was started in the UK about 800 years
ago in the Middle Ages. It was the day
when the alms box, collection boxes for
the poor often kept in churches, were
opened so that the contents could be
distributed to poor people. Some churches
still open these boxes on Boxing Day.
Boxing Day has now become another
public holiday in countries such as
the U.K. , Canada, Australia
and New Zealand.


History of Christmas
The history of Christmas dates back to thousand years.
The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336AD in the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th December.

Stockings


If we are to find the roots of the Christmas traditions,
we may need to go back to the age of Mesopotamian
culture which had the tradition of celebrating New Year.
The same kind of tradition was also the part of
the Persian and Babylonian culture. They had the festival
called the ‘Sacaea’. On the other hand, there was also
a festival in Scandinavia known as ‘Yule’, which was
celebrated during the winter months. All these festivals
have had great impact on the present day Christmas.

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If we are to find the roots of the Christmas traditions,
we may need to go back to the age of Mesopotamian
culture which had the tradition of celebrating New Year.
The same kind of tradition was also the part of
the Persian and Babylonian culture. They had the festival
called the ‘Sacaea’. On the other hand, there was also
a festival in Scandinavia known as ‘Yule’, which was
celebrated during the winter months. All these festivals
have had great impact on the present day Christmas.

Christmas
Christmas Day , December 25, is probably the most popular holiday in Great Britain. It is a family holiday. Traditionally all relatives and friends get together and give each other presents
Christmas Tree
Holly
Ivy
Santa Claus
Cookies for Santa
Children leave on a fireplace cookies for Santa as a token of gratitude for work which he does each Christmas.
Candycane
Carols
Christingle
It actually means 'Christ Light' and celebrates the light of Jesus coming into the world :but no one is realy sure how the Christingles came into being.
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