How did the Christmas traditions start???
The first ever time Christmas started, was on the 25th December 336. Christmas started when Roman Emperor Constantine , he was the first christian Roman Emperor. A few years later Pope Julius officially declared the birth of Jesus and was always celebrated on the 25th of December.
Why do we put Holly and Ivy around our houses and doors???
A winter green and the bringing of green vegetation into the home is closely linked to rebirth both of spring and of Christ. Holly has also been thought to protect the home, the holly you put around the door acting as flypaper for fairies, trapping evil spirits who try to enter.
Why do we bring trees into our houses???
The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and christian) for thousands of years. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.
Why do we eat turkey especially on Christmas???
Prior to the turkey tradition Christmas fare included roast swan, pheasants and peacocks. A special treat was a roast boars head decorated with Holly and fruit. Henry VIII was the first English King to enjoy turkey, although Edward VII made eating turkey fashionable at Christmas.
Why we eat mince pies???
The original mince pies contained very different ingredients from the ones we eat today. They included rabbit, pigeon, partridge, hare and pheasant as well as dried fruit and spices! It was originally known as a Christmas Pie… According to tradition you should make a wish on the first mince pie of the season.