Christmas in Scotland
It is not widely known that Christmas hasn’t been around for all that long in Scotland. For nearly 400 years the celebration of Christmas as we know it was banned in Scotland. During a period known as the Reformation, parliament issued the ban in 1647, which was upheld in Scotland for nearly 400 years.
In actual fact, Christmas, was not the real time for celebration and only became a public holiday in 1958. Boxing Day was not recognised as a festive holiday until 1974. The real celebration came later at Hogmanay, or as we know New Year’s Eve but more about that next month.
Once the bans were lifted the Scots started bringing their traditions back into their homes. One popular tradition, being the baking of the Yule Bread. A loaf of unleavened bread is baked for each individual in the family, and the person who finds a trinket in his or her loaf will have good luck all year.
Many Scots still burn a twig of the Rowen tree at Christmas as a way to clear away bad feelings towards family members, friends and neighbours. Nowadays, most Christmas day traditions have been brought in from other cultures. Sending Christmas cards, decorating trees, buying gifts and singing carols can all been seen in Scotland.
One thing the Scottish love is Food and a massive Christmas feast is a must. Starting with Cock O Leekie soup to warm the belly, then moving on to a roast Turkey served with roast potatoes, parsnips, stuffing, bacon rolls and all served with gravy and bread. Finally the delicious and traditional Scottish Christmas pudding is served or Crannachan both with fresh cream. And who can forget a Wee Dram to wash it all down with.
Merry Christmas to you and your Kin.
Nicole Grundy and the team at Crawford Gifts