Christmas traditions differ in countries and even areas of country. What Christmas customs are practice in the United Kingdom?
A lots of similar customs
Christmas in UK in a lots of aspects hasn’t differences in comparison with another countries. Here Nativity Scenes or services of carols are popular too. Britishers at December 24th eat Christmas dinner, but typical menu is different in comparison to other countries. However the oddity may be Candlelight Service during which all church is light only by candelas. In the UK many people go to the church where is church service at midnight in the Christmas Eve.
Time of waiting for Santa Claus
In United Kingdom kids also wait for Father Christmas. At the evening of December 24th children hang up sockes or pillow-cases by the fire or their beds. They believe that Santa Claus put on presents in those items, not near to Holidays tree like think kids from a lots of lands. Sometimes children in United Kingdom are very caring – they prepare mince crumpets and brandy for Santa as a food and as a drink for the time he come to them. Nowadays it’s often non-alcoholic drink because of Santa Claus has to drive his sleigh.
The Queen’s Speech
Every year, at second day of Holidays people watch Speech of the Queen. The tradition of a Christmas speech has its beginning long time before current Queen took the throne. The Queen’s Speech was important element in the procurement of popularity of the BBC on beginning of activity. The first speech was in 1932 and it was given by King George V. Elizabeth II in her messages says about important things of UK and global and presents her reflexions. It’s good resume of facts of the year and programs for the next. The Speech of the Queen is important element of every Christmas.
Every lands have their Holidays traditions. The United Kingdom isn’t the exception in that topic, however a lots of Christmas traditions are the same.