The solemnity of the birth of Jesus Christ was celebrated in the first half of the 4th century. In English-speaking countries, the holiday season is an occasion for family gatherings and festive dinners with turkey and festive pudding. Only York, UK, has special raisin-yeast pastries for dinner, blueberries, with orange zest and nutmeg. The dough is served with elderberry wine with herbs.
The Christmas tradition must not be complete without Saint Nicholas. Nicholas was the bishop of Mira, cities in Asia Minor. He was born in the 4th century. in a wealthy family. His parents died early, leaving a fortune behind, which Mikołaj donated to charity. A cathedral was erected in his honor after the saint's death.
In pagan times elderberry wine was considered a magic drink of witches and witches.