So here we are in December and at Covance Leeds we feel as though this year has just flown by! We love Christmas, which is often referred to as the ‘season of goodwill’ and in the season of goodwill, why not consider being a part of our clinical trials? When you take part in our clinical trials, you are making a valuable contibution by helping to advance treatments for a range of conditions.

We couldn’t do the amazing research we do without the help of our volunteers and we are so thankful for your help.

At this time of year, we could not resist finding out some interesting facts about how Christmas is celebrated in some other countries:

In The Netherlands Sinterklaas or St. Nicholas brings presents on 5th December.

One of the biggest Christmas markets in Europe is held in Strasbourg, North Eastern France.

In Germany, gifts are often exchanged on Christmas Eve and German for Merry Christmas is ‘Frohe Weihnachten’.

In Greece a traditional table decoration is a loaf of ‘Christopsomo’ meaning Christ’s Bread or Christmas bread. This round, sweet bread is flavoured with orange and spices.

In Spain many people eat their main Christmas meal on Christmas Eve, before attending Midnight Mass at church.

So there you have it, a few interesting traditions from around the world. We are looking forward to the Christmas celebrations and don’t forget during the season of goodwill, you could contribute a valuable gift by volunteering to take part in one of our clinical studies!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas from everyone at Covance Leeds.

Please note our opening times over the festive season are as follows:

  • 24 December: 9am-1pm
  • 25/26 December: Closed
  • 27/28 December: 9am-5pm
  • 29/30 December: Closed (weekend)
  • 31 December: 9am-5pm
  • 01 January: Closed
  • 02 January: Back to standard opening times, 8am until 7pm