Celebrate the ultimate Scottish Christmas
Written by: Doug
Published: 17th December 2015
Did you know that Christmas was essentially banned in Scotland for nearly 400 years? In 1640, the Act of the Parliament of Scotland made the celebration of ‘Yule vacations’ illegal. This ban lasted approximately 400 years until Christmas Day was officially made a public holiday in 1958. Boxing Day, however, was not officially recognised as a public holiday until 1974.
Nowadays, the Scottish celebrate Christmas much like the rest of the world; gifts, decorated trees, turkey and carol singing are all commonly seen in Scotland over the festive period.
If you’re looking to celebrate the ultimate Scottish Christmas here are a few ideas to inspire your festivities.
Haggis stuffed turkey
Haggis is extremely traditional of Scotland and has been eaten by Scots since the 15th century. Haggis is a fantastic alternative to traditional stuffing. It adds that touch of Scotland to your Christmas meal and helps to keep the turkey delicious and moist.
Decorate your table with Christmas tartan
There are a number of traditional Scottish tartans that work well at Christmas time. The Stewart Royal tartan is the most obvious choice for Christmas as it is red and green. Other tartans that work well at Christmas include the MacPherson Clan Modern and Black Watch Modern tartans.
Bring a little Scottish cheer to your Christmas dinner table with one of ScotlandShop’s tartan table runners.
Scottish Christmas beers
You can’t call it a traditional Scottish Christmas without a Scottish ale (or 5). There are some fantastic Scottish breweries creating delicious Scottish Christmas-themed beer.
Nollaig is a limited release which comes out every year over the festive period. Get it before it’s gone otherwise you’ll be waiting until next year. Williams Brothers are located in Alloa in the Central Lowlands of Scotland.
The ultimate Scottish Christmas gift
Why not get a loved one the ultimate Scottish Christmas gift this year? Give the everlasting gift of Scottish land by purchasing a plot of Scottish land from Highland Titles. Better yet, the giftee can then style themselves as a Lord, Lady or Laird of Glencoe. What could be more Scottish and festive?
Create a home-made Scottish wreath
Why buy an artificial wreath when you can make one yourself? A traditional Scottish Christmas wreath should include the following, if available: thistles, holly, Scots pine and hawthorn berries. Use twigs and green foliage from your back garden or local park to bring the wreath together.
You should now have everything you need to celebrate the ultimate Scottish Christmas. How are you planning to deck the halls this Christmas? Will our Lords and Ladies add a touch of Scotland to their festivities? Share your ideas with the Highland Titles community.