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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 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.

tartan table runner

Image credit: ScotlandShop

Bring a little Scottish cheer to your Christmas dinner table with one of ScotlandShop’s tartan table runners.

Scottish Christmas beers

scottish beer

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 (7%) by Williams Brothers

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

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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

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.

Here’s a handy guide on how to make a Christmas wreath for your front door.

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.

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Written by: Doug

Comments on this post

  • Lady Patricia Hockley
    15/01/16 - 10:42

    See above “The ultimate Christmas gift”, it says the giftee can title themselves Lord, Lady or LAID of Glencoe. You may wish to correct this spelling mistake!!!

  • Lady Gloria McLoud
    28/10/16 - 06:14

    Love these ideas! May have to borrow a couple of them!

  • Barb Angus
    06/11/16 - 01:02

    Thanks for this. I enjoyed the read and the information

  • Patsy Stewart
    09/11/16 - 04:43

    Where can we find the ale in the US?

  • Heather Livingston
    11/11/16 - 18:37

    You forgot the traditional clootie dumpling. Ours were filled with coins.

  • G Jones
    15/11/16 - 19:41

    Laid in Glencoe? What’s not to love?

  • Pat
    21/11/16 - 20:55

    Last Patricia puts plaid ribbons on xmas tree.

  • Mary Rittmann
    22/11/16 - 11:25

    Would love to know how to make a cootie dumpling. Mom passed away before could get the recipe
    Lived it at Christmas.

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