Favourite fes­tive tra­di­tions

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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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