CHRISTMAS IN SCOTLAND
The Scottish people have their big celebrations on New Year's Day, called Hogmanay. A long time ago there is a
superstition that it is bad luck for the fire to go out on Christmas Eve, since it is at this time that the elves
are abroad and only a raging fire will keep them from coming down the chimney.On Christmas day, people sometimes
make big bonfires and dance around them to the playing of bagpipes. Bannock cakes made of oatmeal are traditionally
eaten at Christmas.
In Scotland, Christmas had traditionally been celebrated very quietly, because the Church of Scotland - the Presbyterian
Church - has never placed any great emphasis on the Christmas festival, However, the Scots are members of the Church
of England or other churches generally celebrate Christmas in the same way as the English people disapproved of
Christmas for they believed that there was too much riotous festivity that went on. Nowadays these things are held
at Hogmanay, but they do celebrate Christmas with some very interesting customs.
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