Christmas traditions are different in countries and even regions of land. What Christmas customs are popular in the UK?
A lots of alike traditions
Holidays time in United Kingdom in a lots of aspects don’t differ in comparison with other countries. Here Nativity Plays and services of carols are popular too. Residents of United Kingdom at December 24th consume Christmas dinner, but tradicional food is different in comparison to other countries. But the interesting fact may be Candlelight Service in which all church is light only by candles. In the UK many people walk to the church where is religious service at 12 a.m. after Christmas Eve.
Time of waiting for Santa Claus
In United Kingdom kids also look forward to Father Christmas. At the end of the December 24th children hang up sockes or pillow-cases by the fireplace or kids’ beds. They know that Santa leave presents in those things, not near to Holidays tree like believe children from other countries. Often children in United Kingdom are very grateful – they prepare mince crumpets and brandy for Santa to eat and to drink when he come to them. Nowadays it’s often non-alcoholic drink due to Santa has to be sober during drive his sled.
The Queen’s Speech
Every year, at second day of Holidays people watch Speech of the Queen. The tradition of a Christmas message started long time before current Queen came to the throne. The Queen’s Speech was a key element in the development of the BBC in early years of operation. The first speech was in 1932 and their author was King George V. Elizabeth II in her messages says about current issues of United Kingdom or another countries and presents her reflexions. It’s good summary of events of the year and programs for the future. The Queen’s Christmas Message is key point of every Holidays.
Every countries have their Christmas traditions. The United Kingdom isn’t the exception in that respect, although many Christmas traditions are the same.