This photo was taken in London during our shoot at the Royal Maritime Museums, Greenwich. It's a clue to our trivia question! (They celebrate Boxing Day in the UK) See if you can tell us what Boxing Day is... -> ? A) A holiday where servants and tradesmen would receive gifts of thanks from their superiors B.) A shopping holiday in Canada, the UK, New Zealand and Australia C.) A secular holiday but has ties to St. Stephen's Day D.) All of the above
This photo captures the elegance and beauty of the grand dining hall at the Palacio Real de Madrid. A favourite holiday in Spain was the Feast of St. Stephen celebrated in the Western Church on December 26th, and the Eastern Church on December 27th. It commemorates St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. The feast is especially popular in Catalonia, and includes food like Canelons stuffed with ground turkey or rooster left over from Christmas dinner.
This photo depicts the Duomo, Florence’s stunning medieval cathedral. … Another famous 13th century development was the Italian Nativity Scene. The origins date back to the Middle Ages when St. Francis of Assisi created the first Nativity Scene to detract from gift giving and focus on the religious meaning of Christmas. Pope Honorious III gave his blessing and the practice became popular, reaching its peak from the 16th to the 18th centuries.
Built during the reign of King Louis XIV, the Hall of Mirrors is one of the most renowned and beautiful rooms at the Chateau de Versailles, which hosted balls and festivities. Another lovely French tradition was the Bûche de Noël / Yule Log! The customary French Christmas dessert hearkens back to the ancient Pagan custom of burning a Yule Log. The dessert developed to represent this custom after burning the traditional log in homes was discontinued.