Christmas Traditions in Scotland
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  • Christmas Day is on 25 December
  • It is the day when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ
  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day (which is the December 26), are traditionally the days when families spend time together at home


  • Evergreen plants are used as Christmas decorations - the most popular ones being holly and ivy
  • Christians used these plants in their customs to remind people that the prickles on the holly were like the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when he died
Holly Wreaths hang on your door
Holly Wreaths hang on your door

  • Welcome wreaths - a welcome wreath of evergreens is often placed on front doors and dates back to the Roman times when a garland of leaves signified good luck
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  • Mistletoe - it is still customary to kiss someone under the mistletoe


  • Evergreen fir trees are usually adorned with lights (as symbols of eternal life and hope) and decorations

Our School Christmas Tree

  • They were made popular in Britain by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, who had a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle from 1840

Bring happiness to others by sharing gifts
Bring happiness to others by sharing gifts

  • Christmas presents are put under the Christmas tree and opened on Christmas morning


  • Christmas cards are given at Christmas time. Our children often make their own cards to send to friends and family members. In school we have our own Post Box so that the children can deliver cards to each other. The infant classes collect and deliver the cards to all the other classes.

Our Primary 1 Postman and his happy assistant ready to deliver Christmas cards


  • From 1870 children have hung up Christmas stockings at the ends of their beds or along the mantelpiece
  • The stockings (or sacks) are filled during the night by Father Christmas when the children are sleeping in order to give the children a surprise on Christmas Day.
A Christmas Stocking Ready to be Filled!

  • Children write letters to Father Christmas to let him know what they would like. Usually they "post" these letters a few weeks before Christmas Day. Traditionally they would have left them in the fireplace for Father Christmas to collect.


  • The tradition of Father Christmas began in the Netherlands with the custom of celebrating St Nicholas' Day and St Nicholas' Eve, when gifts were given to children
  • St Nicholas is the jolly man dressed in red with a white beard. He was originally (the Dutch 'Sinterklaas') who became Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas
Who has been naughty or nice this year?
Who has been naughty or nice this year?
Is Santa coming to your house?
Is Santa coming to your house?

  • Santa has flying reindeer and a sleigh and travels all the way from the North Pole
  • He has to climb down chimneys to bring children toys
  • So that Santa is kept well fed, children leave him food such as shortbread or mince pies and something to drink, usually a glass of milk (but sometimes a wee glass of whiskey might be accepted!) Children also leave carrots or apples for the reindeer


  • It is traditional to have turkey with stuffing, sprouts, carrots, peas, and small sausages wrapped in bacon ("pigs in a blanket") for Christmas dinner, and Christmas plum pudding with brandy butter for desert or hot mince pies
  • The Christmas pudding has brandy poured over it and is lit. The flaming pudding is brought to the dinner table. A coin is often placed in the pudding when it is being made. This brings "good luck" to the person who finds it

Yummy Christmas Pudding, a delicious end to Christmas dinner!
Yummy Christmas Pudding, a delicious end to Christmas dinner!


  • A London sweet maker, Thomas Smith, invented Christmas crackers in 1846
  • The idea of these crackers were taken from the French bonbons - sweets wrapped in twisted pieces of coloured paper

Enjoy pulling a cracker with a friend
Enjoy pulling a cracker with a friend

  • Thomas Smith added love notes to the bonbons and then had the idea of making the sweets go bang
  • Paper hats, jokes and small toys have also been added to the crackers in recent years
  • Christmas crackers are usually pulled around the dinner table before the meal starts. It is always exciting to pull a cracker with a friend because you might win the treat that has been hidden inside it!


  • Pantomimes (usually shortened to "pantos") are traditional Christmas plays put on in theatres for children to watch
  • Most pantos are based on popular children's stories such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Mother Goose and Aladdin. A popular "Panto" in Glasgow this year is, "Ya Beauty an' the Beast!"

  • In pantos, ugly women are always played by men, and handsome young men are always played by pretty young women!
  • It is traditional for the audience to join in with the panto - cheering the hero or heroine and hissing at the villains


  • Traditionally a short play to tell the story of the birth of baby Jesus. This year for our school Nativity the infant classes sang songs to tell the story in a humourous way because Whoop-A-Daisie, the Angel was very forgetful and always making mistakes!

Miss Lurinsky and the Angels

Our 3 Wise Men

Valentine's day

Valentine's roses
Valentine's roses

These are some roses that girls, boys ladies and gentlemen send to each other on Valentine's day.

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Valentines card
Some children like to send each other cards if they like each other. Adults also like to send cards when they are in love !

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valentines love heart
Some children like to make each other things, to make each other feel happy. When children make cards that they are going to send to someone they often write on it, "Love from ......"


GRR! This is Mason, Miss Livingston and Kalvin.
At Hallowe'en the children like to dress up and go out trick or treating
and hopefully get loads of sweets.