Celebrate This Christmas with Unique Traditions

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas feels just around the corner. This is a time again to cast our differences aside and celebrate the joy of sharing and togetherness. The tradition of celebrating Christmas differs from culture to culture and place to place. What might be considered a basic norm here would be something completely oblivious for people in the other corner of the world. In this post, we will tell you about some unique traditions of celebrating Christmas that you can maybe incorporate this time around in your home.


1. Christmas cards:
Christmas cards were made popular in the Victorian era and were written and given to dear and loved ones. Sir Henry Cole and John Horsley were the curators of the first Christmas card in 1843. This was done in order to encourage people to increase the use of postal services. Earlier, the cost of sending postal cards was pretty high but advances in printing brought down the cost immensely. After a point of time in the 1900’s, Christmas cards became a popular thing spreading across Europe. This year, you too can bring back this tradition to life again by making Christmas cards and sending them to your friends and family. You can find the perfect edition of personalized cards for a reasonable price at Marks and Spencer Personalised Cards.

2. Christmas Crackers:
Christmas crackers were first introduced by Tom Smith, a sweet maker who was inspired by seeing the paper wrapped French bonbons. It wasn’t until the sweet maker found a way to make them crack that they actually started selling in large numbers across the public. While you may not need to indulge in making these crackers, you can however definitely try and buy some and share the cracker and its riddles along with your family.

3. Mistletoe:
Keeping mistletoe at home was an ancient pagan practice. The people thought of it as so sacred that people who met under a mistletoe tree were forbidden to fight. A person entering a home decorated with mistletoe was entitled to shelter and protection in ancient times. This opinion fairly changed around in the 18th century and the tradition of kissing under mistletoe originated. This year, you can get some mistletoe and maybe help people who need it the most in the community. This in itself would be a big sign.

4. Stockings:
Leaving stockings has been an ancient tradition in the UK. This was popularized largely due to St. Nicholas who was said to have sent bags of gold down a chimney to a poor man who had no money or dowry to get his daughters married. The terms have stuck on since then and kids have been keeping stockings at the end of their beds. You can try the same thing with children in the house and filling their stocking with sweets and treats on Christmas morning.


5. Holly and Ivy:
Holly and Ivy have long been used since ancient times to decorate homes and also to ward and cast off evil things. This was even banned in Europe for some time due to its association with pagan festivals. Holly and Ivy are still used to date by many people in Christmas decorations. Today, it has largely become part of the old traditions and customs.

6. Pantomime:
Pantomime was performed in the past at important occasions like Christmas alongside family audiences consisting of loved ones. This has evolved significantly within the last few years as a prime feature of British Theatre. There are many theatre groups in UK today that still performs Pantomime. You too can bring back this tradition again by gathering along with friends and family to perform a skit.

7. Carols:
Carols were sung in praise since the pagan times and have been perfected to what it is known today. In earlier times, minstrels traveled from castle to castle singing carol hymns. This was later continued on by the poor people who would go wassailing from door to door hoping for a share of Wassail bowl which was basically ale that comprised of hot ale with sugar, eggs, spices and roast apples. In today’s time carollers collect money for charity.

8. Boxing day:
Boxing day is followed immediately after Christmas and recognized as a holiday in the country. In earlier times, servants and tradesmen used to receive presents from their employers. Today, it is marked as a big shopping day which is more or less similar to Thanksgiving that is followed in the USA.

So, there we have some unique customs and traditions followed in the UK. While traditions change from place to place, the spirit of Christmas, however, remains the same everywhere.

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