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Christmas was cancelled in Scotland for almost 400 years and people who celebrated faced punishment

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With winter arriving, and the cold, dark nights drawing in, our thoughts are quickly beginning to turn festive.Christmas is on its way and this year, we'll be celebrating like no other after nearly two solid years of the pandemic.

Lights, markets and Santa's grotto, Christmas feasts, clootie dumplings and gluhwein - it's a special time of the year. The pinnacle of winter, it's hard to imagine a time when Scotland didn't make a huge effort with its Christmas celebrations.But you'd probably be surprised to know, especially looking at how big a deal Scottish cities like Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh now make of it, that it wasn't always so for Scots.

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