There are many traditions at Christmas from Christmas pudding (also known as plum pudding) to Christmas crackers and the nativity. Below we look at the history and in respect to reason of the season, we include the Nativity story which can be read by clicking here.

The history of the Christmas tree

A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually an evergreen conifer such as spruce, pine, or fir or an artificial tree of similar appearance, associated with the celebration of Christmas. The modern Christmas tree was developed in early modern Germany (where it is today called Weihnachtsbaum or Christbaum), The tree was traditionally decorated with “roses […]

The history of the Christmas cracker

Christmas crackers (also known as bon-bons) are part of Christmas celebrations primarily in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Commonwealth countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. A cracker consists of a segmented cardboard tube wrapped in a brightly decorated twist of paper with a prize in the central chamber, making it resemble […]

The History of the Mince pie

A mince pie is a sweet pie of British origin, filled with a mixture of dried fruits and spices called “mincemeat” that is traditionally served during the Christmas season. Its ingredients are traceable to the 13th century, when returning European crusaders brought with them Middle Eastern recipes containing meats, fruits and spices. The early mince […]

The History of the Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding is a type of pudding traditionally served as part of the Christmas dinner in Britain, Ireland and in other countries where it has been brought by British emigrants. It has its origins in medieval England, and is sometimes known as plum pudding or just “pud”, though this can also refer to other kinds […]