Favourite festive traditions
HOME Instead, a company providing care for the elderly in their own homes, shares the stories behind festive traditions... CHRISTMAS can be a magical experience, full of fun, food and traditions.
Some customs only take place in the UK or were started here.
Here are some HomeStart favourites: CHRISTMAS cards: These became popular in Victorian England and were mostly homemade and given to loved ones.
The first charity Christmas card was produced by UNICEF in 1941. CHRISTMAS dinner: At lavish feasts in the Middle Ages, swans and peacocks were served.
In Victorian times the tradition was for roasted goose or turkey. CHRISTMAS pudding: The forerunner of the Christmas pudding was called Frumenty and was served in medieval times.
The pudding became specifically associated with Christmas when it was introduced to the royal Christmas dinner table by Prince Albert. MINCE pies: These were often known as Christmas pies and were banned in the seventeenth century but came back into existence after the Restoration.
If the mincemeat is home made, everyone in the household should stir it, as this is thought to be lucky. CHRISTMAS crackers: Crackers have been a part of the traditional British Christmas since 1847, when almost by accident, Tom Smith invented them. MISTLETOE: The mistletoe’s kissing tradition, according to one account, comes from Norse myths.
There is a limit to how much you can kiss under one sprig of mistletoe, as for each kiss a berry must be removed, and once all the berries are gone – no more kissing!
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