Christmas, Yuletide, Winter Solstice
The festival and customs of Christmas has its origins in many different cultures and religions. The festival of Saturnalia, which was the Roman celebration of the winter solstice, took place in mid December and lasted for one month. It was to celebrate the re-emergence of the Sun after the shortest day of the year. There was much feasting, gifts were exchanged and homes were decorated.
In the Christian religion Christmas the Christ Mass is part of the religious festival to celebrate the birth of the Messiah Jesus Christ. As Rome became more Christianised the two festivals of Saturnalia and Christmas merged. The exact birth date of Christ was unknown, therefore, it was decided in AD350 by the then Bishop of Rome Julius I to have the 25th December as the birth date of Christ. In western Europe Christmas was celebrated on the 25th December, but in eastern Europe it was celebrated on the 6th January.
During the Dark Ages in Britain Christmas festivities also centred around the Winter Solstice.
Traditions of this time are still celebrated today as part of our modern Christmas.
Our Large Celtic Christmas table runner is perfect for gracing your festive table
12 Days of Christmas
The 12 days of the Christmas festival traditionally start on the 24th December, Christmas Eve. For the Celts divination, looking into the future was practised on this day. January 6th is the 12th day and also Christmas Day in Eastern Europe. Again divination was practised on this day, games and festivities took place.
The Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe
Homes were decorated with Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe. The Holly and the Ivy represented the male and the female hence wreaths were made with both entwining as a symbol of family harmony in the home. Mistletoe was of great significance to the Celts as they believed it had magical qualities of fertility. From this belief the kissing under the Mistletoe tradition formed. At the end of the 12 days of Christmas all decorations were removed.
The Yule Log
The Yule log originates from the old Norse festival of Yule which once again started at the Winter Solstice, 21st December. Evergreens were used to symbolise eternal life and fires were lit in homage to Thor the Norse God.
The fire, the Yule Log, was kept alight throughout the festival to welcome the return of the sun. Yule cakes were eaten and much cider consumed. The remnants of the log were retained for the following Yuletide to symbolise the continued circle of life. The tradition of the Yule Log is still remembered today when chocolate Yule Logs are eaten at Christmas.
St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle
The character known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and many other pseudonyms has its origins in Saint Nicholas who was the Bishop of Myra in Turkey. He was renowned for his great kindness and came to be associated with children. Saint Nicholas died in AD340.
Children are encouraged by their parents to be good all year in anticipation of Father Christmas with the help of his Reindeers visiting every child in the world on Christmas Eve to deliver much wanted presents.
All items can be gift wrapped and sent with a personal message at no extra cost.
Introducing the Yuletide Favourites embroidered gift bags, in addition to our popular embroidered Magical Christmas bags. Featuring our popular Cats, Penguin, Unicorn and Westie designs. Great as Holiday gift bags filled with chocs or sweets!
Grace your Christmas festive table this year with the red and green Plaid design which is derived from Scottish Tartan. The range is beautifully made and available in reversible placemats and table runners with contrasting tablecloths with a red background. The range can be matched with the Hem Stitch table cloth and is ideal for those special occasions.
Introducing the Glencoe Thistle design in purple. Available in doilies, table runner, napkins, cosmetic bag, jewellery purse, jewellery roll, pill box purse, spectacles case and pocket tissue holder. This range can also be matched with the Hem Stitch table cloth.
In the UK the Robin is a traditional symbol associated with Christmas and is featured on numerous Christmas cards and decorations. Our Robin Red Breast design is available in complementary table runner and table cloth, perfect for the Christmas dining table. The paperweight and window roundel also make great gifts for friends and family.
The Friendship Mini Globe Tea Lights make a thoughtful Christmas gift. The innovative design enables the Mini Globe to be used in 2 ways - with the tea light inside the globe or with the tea light placed on top of the globe as shown. Available in amethyst, blue, green and white as shown.
Winged Heart roundels make superb gifts at Christmas time. Choose from a wide range of designs. All designed and hand painted in the UK. Personal message and gift wrap included free of charge with all orders.
Our other giftware section includes stunning personal pewter, nickel plated and enamel giftware, clocks and watches, embroidered personal gifts and stained glass items. Choose from compacts, flasks, paper knives and pens all designed in Cornwall, England. This year many of our customers are purchasing watches from our range of pocket watches.
If you have any special orders or requests please e-mail Beverley@celticglassdesigns.co.uk and we will endeavour to meet your requirements. Please ensure that you order early for Christmas. The last date for placing orders for overseas delivery is 9th December (14th December for delivery within Europe) and 21st December for deliveries within the UK.
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