Christmas Day is celebrated in the United Kingdom on December 25. It traditionally celebrates Jesus Christ’s birth but many aspects of this holiday have pagan origins. Christmas is a time for many people to give and receive gifts and prepare special festive meals. Prior to Christmas Day, people decorate their homes and gardens prior to Christmas Day. These decorations may include:
- Christmas trees.
- Small colored fairy lights.
- Leaves and berries from holly trees and mistletoe bushes.
- Various other decorations with rich colors that spark the Christmas mood.
In many towns and cities, the shopping streets are also decorated with lights and large pine trees, often specially imported from Norway. In some places a Nativity scene is arranged. This illustrates the story of Jesus’ birth using statues or actors and live animals. Many churches hold special services in the night before Christmas Day