History of Christmas Christmas is a christian holiday, devoted to the Birth of Jesus Christ - the Messiah sent by God for the salvation of the world. Its celebration is based on the biblical events, described in the New Testament. The Apostle Luke tells us that after Jesus'birth the Angels appeared to the shepherds and told them this gospel. The shepherds went immediately to the city of Bethlehem and found in the stable of the Virgin Mary, her husband of the carpenter Joseph, and the Babe lying in the manger. From the Gospel Of Matthew we learn about the three magicians, which followed the wonderful star appeared in the sky on the Day of the Nativity of the Messiah, and they brought the Baby gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Traditions of Christmas in England Christmas is a holiday, which in a many countries has spawned a large number of characters and traditions. These include even his date. Originally orthodoxy of the church established the celebration of Christmas on sixth January. However, the Roman church deliberately transferred it to the twenty-fifth of December - the day of a pagan holiday of the invincible sun. And the new date is to symbolize the victory of christianity over paganism. Officially the christmas season opens Advent - the weeks before christmas post, beginning in the 4 weeks before Christmas. In the four weeks before Christmas, believers bring home the special wreath - "Advent Wreath". Unlike simple wall- christmas wreaths, this is put on the table and attached to it are four candles that are lit every Sunday, but not at the same time, and in turn, first one, then two and so on.
Traditions of Christmas in England At this time, people begin to decorate their homes. In the house hang garlands, set up the Christmas tree, the top of her head is decorated with a star or an angel. A wonderful tradition of decorating the house for Christmas evergreen sprigs of ivy, holly, is preserved to this day, as the custom of hanging on the door sprigs of mistletoe. According to an old custom once a year (on the eve of the Nativity), men have the right to kiss any girl who for any reason will stop at hanging on the door of a sprig of mistletoe. In the beginning of December, the traditional christmas tree height of 20 meters is delivered from Oslo in London and is set for Christmas on Trafalgar square. This tradition has existed since Christmas tree sends in England the royal family of Norway in gratitude for the assistance that the British had Norway during the second world war. In London, that lived the Norwegian royal family, and the british army took part in the liberation of Norway from the German occupation.
Traditions of Christmas in England Christmas in England is celebrated on December 25. On this day the majority of the families are sent to the church, and after it, gathered for a festive table. Also on this day in 3 hours on all radio and tv channels is given the speech of the queen. In England there is a cheerful custom, before sitting down at the table people, flapping a kind of cracker "Christmas Cracker". It contains a small souvenir and a funny message. Traditional christmas dishes in England are roasted turkey with potatoes (roast turkey and potato), sweet cake with filling (mince pies), the traditional christmas pudding (Christmas pudding and christmas fruit cake (Christmas cake).
Santa - Claus Santa Claus, the prototype of which is the saint Nicholas bishop of Myra of Lycia in the 4 century, in the eastern church, the patron of travelers, first of all seafarers. Young british believe that Santa (as they are usually called) comes in a sleigh on reindeer only to the obedient kids, and down through the chimney above the chimney, leaves them gifts under the tree and in a sock. Therefore, on the roofs of some houses you can see the figures of Santa Claus in the sleigh and the famous fawn Rudolf.
Christmas songs In the days of going to a group of people, including children, who go around, singing christmas songs (carols), and collect donations. Purely English is considered a tradition of setting the christmas pantomimes (pantos). This is a comedic skits based on stories and fairy-tales, who know all (for example, Cinderella, puss in boots, etc.), but in pantomimes they have a double meaning. On this day in almost every house sounds of christmas music. Traditional English melody - "Jingle Bell" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". Jingle Bells - a very popular all over the world christmas song, also known as "One Horse Open Sleigh". It was written by James Lord Pierpont ( ) and was registered under the name of "One Horse Open Sleigh" on September 16, 1858.
Jingle bells 1. Dashing through the snow In a one-horse open sleigh, Over the fields we go, Laughing all the way; Bells on bob-tail ring, Making spirits bright, What fun it is to ride and sing A sleighing song tonight, O Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! Oh what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! Oh what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh 3. Now the ground is white Go it while youre young, Take the girls tonight And sing this sleighing song; Just get a bob-tailed bay Two-forty as his speed Hitch him to an open sleigh And crack! youll take the lead, O Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! Oh what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! Oh what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh 2. A day or two ago, I thought Id take a ride, And soon Miss Fanny Bright Was seated by my side; The horse was lean and lank; Mis fortune seemed his lot; He got into a drifted bank, And we, we got upset. O Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! Oh what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! Oh what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh
Christmas crossword 1.You can eat it with sour cream, caviar and honey? 2.He is England Father Christmas. 3.Sometimes it put on the table. It roast turkey or goose or it. 4.With it you can make sandwich. 5.Under this bench adopted kiss. 6.He is white. You can see it only in Winter. 7.It is hung on the Christmas tree