How do They Celebrate Christmas in Scotland?

It was not until about 50 years ago that Scotland celebrated Christmas as a public holiday. Although a quiet event, Christmas activities begin as early as shortly before Halloween, with stores stocking gift items and decorations and lights being put up in the city areas. The colored lights bulbs on the trees are broken by the young people until just a few are left before Christmas Eve. Children write letters to Santa with their list of gifts that they want and they leave the lists in the fireplace. In addition. the traditional burning of the Rowena tree branches is done and it is believed that if the fire outs before Christmas Day, then it will bring bad luck. Lunches in the open-air are served on Christmas Day and popular favorites include cakes, pies, meats and seafood. Look here for more information: