Christmas customs discussed – from why we consume turkey to who created crackers

a composite image showing a christmas tree, turkey, advent calendar, cracker, and Father Christmas Ever questioned why we have Christmas trees?(Picture: Christmas season is well and truly upon us, and a lot of Brits have

already installed their tree and began tucking into the Quality Streets. Every household has their own Christmas customs, but there are some custom-mades that people partake in every year that date

back centuries. Have you ever questioned why we put a tree in our living-room, or what the origin story of Santa Claus is?

Here, we describe how a few of your preferred customs came about.

Who invented the Christmas cracker?

The Christmas cracker was developed by baker Tom Smith over 150 years earlier.

On a journey to Paris, Mr Smith discovered the French ‘bonbon’, a sugared almond wrapped in a twist of tissue paper. Bonbons showed a hit at Christmas time and to encourage year-round sales, Smith added a little love motto inside the wrapper.

a father helping his two toddlers open a christmas cracker Christmas crackers were created in

the 19th Century(Picture: Getty )Tom’s kid, Walter, added the intricate hats and

sourced novelty presents from Europe, America and Japan. Advertisement Tom patented his very first cracker gadget in 1847– which allowed the iconic ‘pop’ sound. The system utilized 2 narrow strips of paper layered together, with silver fulminate painted on one side and an abrasive surface on the other– when pulled, friction developed a little explosion.

The ‘pop’ sounds is suggested to replicate a crackling fire.

Why do we consume turkey for Christmas supper?

Till Victorian times, beef and goose were the meats of choice for Christmas supper.

Turkey was just ever consumed by the rich– which makes Ebenezer Scrooge’s gift of a turkey to Bob Cratchit completion of A Christmas Carol a lot more considerable.

It wasn’t until after the Second World War that turkeys surpassed geese as the most popular joyful meat– partially due to the extensive adoption of the fridge in family homes, as individuals didn’t have to worry a lot about uneaten meat ruining.

The rate of turkeys has enormously dropped because WWII due to better farming approaches, which has actually likewise been a big reason regarding why increasingly more families have adopted it as their meat of choice.

Fun truth: it has been declared that Henry VIII was the first individual in Britain to consume turkey for his Christmas meal.

a little girl and her grandmother baste a christmas turkey Turkeys are a fairly new custom(Picture: Getty)Why do we set up Christmas trees and who purchased the custom to the UK? Nobody rather understands exactly when the tradition of bringing evergreen trees into the home in winter began, as it has actually been recorded for thousands of years all throughout Europe.

Pagans would embellish their homes throughout the winter season solstice with tree branches as a symbol of life– which would follow winter season.



Romans also embellished their temples with fir trees at the festival of Saturnalia.

It’s thought the custom came from Germany, as lots of Christians began embellishing trees brought in from outside to represent Christ and brand-new life.

While Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are said to be the ones that made Christmas trees popular in England during the 1800s, King George III’s German partner is actually responsible for bringing the custom to the UK.

Charlotte used to embellish a Christmas tree with her household throughout the 1760s.

The nobility who would visit the household at the Queen’s Lodge in Windsor were inspired, and began to do the very same.

a little girl decorating a Christmas tree Joyful trees have been around for centuries(Image: Getty)Why do we have advent calendars? Various sources recommend the development calendar tradition dates back to the 1850s. Advent calendars were created by German Lutherans as a way to mark the days of the season leading up to Christmas. Nowadays, many individuals who aren’t Christians also expect Christmas by having an introduction calendar which is generally stuffed with chocolate– one for each day leading up to Christmas. Often Christians will have their own Development candle light which they’ll burn in your home.

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video What is the origin of Santa Claus? Santa Claus– otherwise called Father Christmas, or Kris Kringle– can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named Saint Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born at some point around 280

A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Nicholas was known for his generosity and compassion, and is said to hav e given gifts to children and individuals living in poverty. Advertisement Lots of legends were developed about Nicholas, and spread throughout Europe and eventually

over to the United States. Saint Nicholas is the original inspiration for Daddy Christmas (Picture: Fototeca Gilardi/Getty Images).

When did present providing end up being a tradition?

The customized of providing gifts at Christmas was produced to advise individuals of the presents given to Jesus by the Wise Guys: Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh.

For numerous centuries, gift-giving occurred either around New Year’s, or on December 6– Saint Nicholas’s birthday.

The appeal of this customized grew after the positive reception of the 1823 poem ‘T was The Night Before Christmas and Dickens’s 1843 book A Christmas Carol.

By the end of the 19th century, Christmas Eve became the most typical date for gift-giving in Western culture.

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Who created Fairy on the Shelf?

The custom of Fairy on the Shelf originates from the 2005 book of the same name by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell.

The book informs the story of how Santa Claus understands who is naughty and great.

Santa’s ‘scout elves’ conceal in people’s houses to supervise events. As soon as everybody goes to bed, the scout elf flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa the activities that have occurred.

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