British Christmas Customs and Traditions

November 27, 2009 at 8:41 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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In Britain, Boxing Day is usually celebrated on the following day after Christmas Day, which is 26 December. However, strictly speaking, Boxing Day is the first weekday after Christmas (see definition in the Oxford English Dictionary).

Like Christmas Day, Boxing Day is a public holiday. This means it is typically a non working day in the whole of Britain.

Traditionally, 26 December was the day to open the Christmas Box to share the contents with the poor. © copyright of projectbritain.com

Image: Exploration shipDuring the Age of Exploration, when great sailing ships were setting off to discover new land, A Christmas Box was used as a good luck device. It was a small container placed on each ship while it was still in port. It was put there by a priest, and those crewmen who wanted to ensure a safe return would drop money into the box. It was then sealed up and kept on board for the entire voyage.

ChurchTo help the poor

A present for the workers

And the tradition still continues today ……

Christmas boxes
What is a Christmas Box?

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