Holidays customs differ in countries and even areas of land. What Christmas customs are popular in the United Kingdom?
A lots of similar customs
Christmas in United Kingdom in many elements don’t differ in comparison with another countries. Here Nativity Scenes or Carol Services are practice too. Citizens of United Kingdom at December 24th consume Christmas dinner, however tradicional meal is different in comparison to other lands. But the oddity may be Candlelight Service during which the church is light only by candles. In the United Kindom a lots of Britisher go to the church where take place church service at midnight in the Christmas Eve.
Time of looking forward to Santa Claus
In United Kingdom kids also wait for Santa Claus. At the evening of Christmas Eve kids prepare stockings or pillow-cases by the fireplace or kids’ beds. They believe that Father Christmas put on presents in those things, not near to Christmas tree like believe kids from other countries. Often children in United Kingdom are very caring – they leave mince pies or brandy for Santa Claus to eat and to drink when he visits their home. Nowadays it’s usually non-alcoholic drink because of Santa Claus has to be sober during drive his sleigh.
The Speech of the Queen
Every year, December 25th Britishers watch Queen’s Christmas Message. The tradition of a Christmas message has its beginning before current Queen took the throne. The Speech of the Queen was a key element in the development of the BBC in early years of activity. The first Christmas Message was in 1932 and it was given by King George V. Elizabeth II in her speeches says about important issues of United Kingdom and global and says about her approach. It is great summary of facts of the year and plans for the next. The Speech of the Queen is important point of every Christmas.
Every countries have their Christmas traditions. The UK isn’t different in that respect, although many Holidays traditions are transfered from another countries.