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Christmas in Scotland. Scottish flag. 24XII - Christmas Eve 25XII - Christmas Day 26XII - Boxing Day.

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24XII - Christmas Eve

25XII - Christmas Day

26XII - Boxing Day

Christmas Eve in some parts of Scotland is called Sowans Nicht from "sowans" - a dish made from oat husks and fine meal steeped in water. And branches of a rowan tree were burnt on Christmas Eve to signify that any bad feeling between friends or relatives had been put aside for Yuletide.

According to legend, it's bad luck to let the fire go out on Christmas Eve, since that is the time when the elves are abroad and only a good, roaring fire will keep them from slipping down the chimney to perform all types of mischief. On Christmas Day, it is not unusual to have a bonfire and dance to the sound of bagpipes before settling down to a hearty dinner of turkey with all the trimmings. The presents under the Christmas tree were placed there by Father Christmas.


Scottish children believe

in Santa Claus!

They leave stockings!

On Christmas Day all

enjoy them

because Santa

comes through

the chimney

and leaves presets.

Traditional Scottish Recipes- Scotch Trifle

This is a popular sweet, particularly at Christmas time. The version below is known as the "Typsy Laird" as it contains sherry and Drambuie liqueur (or else whisky or brandy).

Traditional Scottish Recipes- Cloutie Dumpling

Sometimes spelt "Clootie" it gets its name from the "clout„

or cloth in which it was traditionally boiled. This is a favourite

at Christmas time and there have been many variations over

the years as cooks have experimented.



Although Christmas and its customs were in

disfavour for only a short time in England

(during the reign of Cromwell), Scotland ignored

the holiday far longer. Bear in mind that "Christmas"

is "Christ's Mass" and mass was banned in Scotland.

There are records of charges being brought against

people for keeping "Yule" as it was called in Scotland.

Amazingly, this dour, joy-crushing attitude lasted for 400 years.

It has only been in recent years that the Scots observed December

25 as a special day at all. Until the 1960s,

Christmas Day was a normal working day for most people in Scotland.

So if there is a specifically "Scottish" aspect to Christmas it is that it was not celebrated!


Giving presents

Family meetings



Many seasonal traditions in

Scotland involve fire.

There, a tar-barrel is set on

fire and volunteers

take turns carrying it on their heads

before it is smashed to bits.

Eating fish



Jingle Bells

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Silent Night



Christmas Tree


Christmas Cards


The weather

on Christmas in

Scotland is windy,

snowy and cold.

Scotland, Christmas morning, 2002


The Reindeer Garden is one

of Edinburgh's favourite

Christmas attractions.


Edinburgh Castle

on Christmas