Ever wonder what Christmas celebrations are like in another country? We did! That is why this December we are going to be studying Christmas celebrations in different cultures for our Christmas countdown. We are calling it the 12 Days of Christmas Around the World. Today is day 4, and it’s all about Christmas in Scotland!
The 12 Days of Christmas Around the World
Day 4: What is Christmas like in Scotland?
Verse of the Week:
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
First Things First
- Read Isaiah 40
Christmas in Scotland
Have you ever wondered where the phrase “Have a Cool Yule” came from? It came from Scotland! Yule is an archaic word for Christmas. It’s actually a word that used to be used by much of Europe during the late 1500s to describe a twelve day holiday associated with the Feast of the Nativity.
That said, today Christmas in Scotland is very low key since it was banned for nearly 400 years before becoming legal again in 1958. Even today, the church of Scotland, the Presbyterian church, discourages it’s celebration which is why most people work on Christmas only to come home to give a small gift to their children, if anything at all.
Books About Christmas in Scotland
- 12 Days o Yule by Susan Rennie
Copywork to Share
- Copy the following Bible verse onto some Christmas stationary, and share it with a friend or family member as an early Christmas present.
You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” Isaiah 40:9 (NIV)
- Play the Christmas Clocks Memory Game
Want to participate in the entire 12 Days of Christmas Around the World? You can check out all the posts rights here on the 12 Days of Christmas Around the World home page. Be sure to pin it while you are at it so you can refer back to it year after year!
What did you learn about Christmas in Scotland? Tell us in the comments!
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