Christmas day in england

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Christmas day in England

Silent Night

Silent night, Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright,
Round your virgin Mother and Child,
Holy infant so tender and mild;
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight,
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleliua;
Christ the Saviour is born!
Christ the Saviour is born!

Silent night, Holy night!
Son of God, love is pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace;
Jesus, Lord, at Your birth!
Jesus, Lord, at Your birth!

White Christmas

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know,
Where the tree-tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleight-bells in the snow.

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write.
May your days be merry and bright!
And may all your Christmases be white!

From the past

Christmas as the feast of the Nativity was celebrated in Rome as early as most Eastern churches adopted AD 336.The celebration of Christ’s birth on December 25 was adopted by most Eastern churches. The reason why Christmas was celebrated on December 25 remains unknown. Early Christians wished the date to coincide with the pagan Roman festival marking the birthday of the unconquered sun. In the Roman world the Saturnalia, December 17, was a time of entertainment and exchanging of gifts. It was a winter feast. Two weeks later, on the Roman New Ear- January 1, houses were decorated with greenery and lights, and gifts were given to children and the poor.
In the middle of the 4th century the Eastern and Western churches established the modern Christian 12- day celebration from Christmas to Epiphany. It is believed that the Tree Wise Men, or Magi, visited the baby Jesus on that day bringing him gifts: some gold, frankincense, and myrrh, a plant oil with a very sweet smell.
The word Christmas came to the English language around 1050 as the Old Christes maesse meaning festival of Christ. Scholars believe that the shortened form of Christmas- Xmas- began to be used in the 13th century. It also represents the cross on which Jesus was crucified. In 1643 the celebration of Christmas was outlawed by the British Parliament. The holiday was reestablished in 1660.
Red and green are the traditional colours of Christmas season.
Christmas is no longer only a religious festival. It is the most popular and colourful holiday period for everyone. It includes many traditions and customs- the decorations with evergreen trees, lights, wreaths, and holly or mistletoe; the church services; the exchange of gifts; sending of...