The Winter Solstice is the day where there is the shortest time between the sun rising and the sun setting. To pagans this meant that the winter was over and spring was coming and they had a festival to celebrate it. The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on 25th December was, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. At the end of the 18th century the practice of giving gifts to family members became well established.
Christmas Day is one of the most festive Christian holidays in many countries around the world. In this edition of Time Traveller we take a look at how heritage venues celebrate this holiday.