Christmas Day, 25th December 2014

Christmas Day is the most important event on the Christian calendar because it celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. The word Christmas derives from ‘Christ’s mass’ and the first evidence of Christmas dates back to around 200 AD when Egyptian theologians began to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Today, Christmas is celebrated by recreating the nativity scene which illustrates Jesus’ birth into the world. The nativity is based on the account of this birth given by the Gospel of Matthew in the bible. According to the Bible, Jesus was born of a virgin birth to Mary and Joseph in a stable in Bethlehem and was visited by shepherds and Wise Kings.

Christmas is also a time to give and receive presents and many young children wait for the arrival of Santa Claus. In the UK and Ireland, children leave a stocking beside their bed or by the fire place on Christmas Eve so that Santa Claus will leave them surprises. Children must also leave Santa Claus a drink and a biscuit and a carrot for his reindeer. On Christmas morning Children awake to find their stockings filled with treats and presents.

Other traditions at Christmas time are carol services, singing carols, spending time with the family and listening to the queen’s speech.

The lead up to Christmas is called Advent and it starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Eve. Most children follow this period with an Advent calendar, opening a door of the calendar to reveal a chocolate surprise.

The typical British and Irish Christmas dinner is stuffed turkey and ham, served with potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire pudding. It is also traditional to eat Christmas pudding, drink mulled wine and eat mince pies at Christmas.

Christmas Day Calendar

What day does Christmas Day fall on………?
Christmas Day 2014 Thursday
Christmas Day 2015 Friday
Christmas Day 2016 Sunday
Christmas Day 2017 Monday
Christmas Day 2018 Tuesday

Travel in the UK

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.