The custom of hanging sprigs of mistletoe (mistletoe called), under which you can not just kiss the beloved person has already been widely disseminated outside the culture of English-speaking countries. Increasingly, the mistletoe has also appeared in Polish homes. Why mistletoe? It turns out that no one really knows, except perhaps Druidami residing Britain 2 thousand years ago. It is they who considered her a sacred plant and used in their religious ceremonies.
Another popular custom is burning logs in the fireplace on Christmas Eve. Billet islanders call it Yule log (the Yule log is also the name of the cake, which resembles the appearance of a billet and is served at Christmas). Where such an idea? The rite was originally cultivated by the Vikings, who, generally speaking, they were to Brytyczyków nothing more burdensome invaders (although over time the Vikings sat on the English throne). The Vikings honored in this way the most important of their gods, Thor. As in many other cases emerging Christianity absorbed the rituals that the pagans celebrated in honor of the most important god in their pantheon and made them part of Christmas - or holy birth the one true God. And pagans and Christians were certainly pleased with this turn of events, and the British from the time they began to consider alien to them for their cultural practices.
Who then came up with sending Christmas cards? In this case we are dealing with a purely British invention. In 1843, Henry Cole commissioned artist John Calcotta card, which then recurred, and sold thousands of copies. Present a piece of toast for the family of the absent relatives at the holiday table.