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Make christmas 2010 special Christmas 2010

THE LITERATURE reveals that the history of winter or December time festival dates back over 4000 years. It is said that the festival traditions were celebrated centuries before the Christ Child was born and gained eventual acceptance of the Church to be the part of Christmas Day.

According to the ancient descriptions, the ‘Twelve Days of Season’ had the traditions of lighting fires, the Yule log, carnivals,goa carnivals, carols, feasts and processions and all were observed by early Mesopotamians.

Furthermore, members of the pagan order celebrated the Winter Solstice or Saturnalia. During the celebrations, the Roman halls would be cleaned and decked with garlands of laurel and green trees adorned with lighted candles.
As Christianity spread, the Church tried to prohibit Saturnalia revelry and the pagan festivals held in December, but it was to no avail. Eventually, a decision was made to tame such celebrations and make them into a festive occasion better suited to honour the Christian Son of God and as 2010 Christmas Day.

The literal meaning of Christmas is ‘Christ’s Mass’ and is the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth and baptism in December. With some controversy, the Christmas Day is now largely accepted to be celebrated on December 25.
Some common and mainstay Christmas traditions are as follows:

Colours: The colours most often associated with Christmas 2010 decorating are green, red, white, blue, silver and gold. These colours have been used for centuries and as with most traditions, the reason may be traced to religious beliefs.

Snow: Snow has an important significance in Christmas traditions. So the festival days are full with fun activities on snow playing such as making snowman, skiing, snow boarding, sled riding, etc.

Wreath: Christmas 2010 days exclusively represent greenness to represent life and vitality. In these days, evergreen is worshipped as a holy entity representing eternal life and the crown of Jesus.

Yule log: Yule logs are a part of red oak trees. They are burned during Christmas 2010 Eve and Christmas 2010 Day.

Cookies:

The cookies are left for Santa to appease him and thanksgiving occasion.

Santa Claus:

This tradition is as old as fourth century. Santa Clause was born on the memory of Saint Nicholas for his loving and caring nature towards children by giving the gifts.

Christmas trees
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This was made popular during the rein of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert by bringing a tree inside the Palace and decorating it with apples and other pretty things.
England also has the tradition of hanging stockings to receive Santa’s presents. The tradition of Christmas celebration is very old but keeps on evolving with time.

Weekend for Christmas Getaways

With just a week to go before the ‘big day’ the UK’s airports have geared up for what is the busiest few days in the Christmas getaway rush!

Millions of UK Passengers Passing Through UK Airports This Week
The next two weeks are one of the busiest fortnights in an airport’s year, this week especially Saturday 18th through until Christmas Day, with Heathrow expecting half a million passengers, whilst Gatwick Airport set to see a phenomenal 700,000 passengers pass through its terminals from this weekend.

20% More Winter Sun Getaways Booked
The popularity in Winter sun holidays over the last few weeks has seen a huge increase, as much as 20% reported by some tour operators, as UK residents escape the extreme weather conditions.

Be Prepared For Long Airport Queues
So if you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of Britons heading to an airport over the next week or so then be prepared for long queues.

Long Haul and Short Haul Check-In Times
That means be sure to get to the airport on time – for short haul flights it is recommended that you check-in two hours before your flight time, and if long haul then three hours before you fly.

Stock Up On Refreshments For the Airport
Also be aware that with so many people in the airport the likely hood is that the queues, not only for check-in, but for refreshments will be long too. It’s worth while taking with you a few snacks, especially if you are travelling with small children. If you are concerned about passing through security with food products for children then don’t be. You’ll simply be asked to taste a small piece of the food. It’s definitely worth taking your child’s food, and not risk the queues! Another little tip is the newsagents in the airports, like WH Smiths for example, will also sell a selection of refreshments so it’s worth getting a drink and a packet of crisps from these types of shops instead of one from the Food Hall.

Airport Snow Cancellations & Delays
However, the weather that many of us are trying to escape may actually keep us in the country. Yet again the UK is being hit by major snow storms and Heathrow and Gatwick have already closed runways and cancelled flights this weekend.

Rail Closure Risks – Book Your Airport Parking
When the snow falls, even the smallest amounts, rail routes can grind to a halt. Therefore, if you are travelling to the airport via train, or other such public transport that could risk being delayed or diverted, it’s worth considering, if the roads aren’t too treacherous, driving yourself to the airport and booking airport parking. This way you can get yourself to the airport, leaving home in good time, and also you can get yourself back home again too.

Call The Airport Before Travel
With snow closures a real threat, and delays a given, do call before you travel – phone the airport on the day of travel to be advised of the very latest information on delays and cancellations, along with any revised check-in times.

According to the latest weather reports we haven’t seen the last of the snow – the whole country is expected to be hit by further snow storms over the next few days, so fingers crossed for those of us who are trying to get away do get away!

Merry Christmas!

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