Christmas customs are different in lands and even areas of country. What Christmas customs are popular in the United Kingdom?
Many similar customs
Christmas time in UK in a lots of aspects don’t differ in context with other countries. In United Kingdom Nativity Plays or services of carols are practice too. Residents of UK at December 24th eat Christmas foods, however tradicional meal is different than in other countries. But the interesting fact can be carols by Candlelight Service in which all church is light only by candelas. In the United Kindom many people go to the church where is church service at midnight after Christmas Eve.
Time of waiting for Santa Claus
In United Kingdom childrens also wait for Santa Claus. At the end of the December 24th children prepare stockings or pillow-cases by the fireplace or kids’ beds. They know that Father Christmas put on gifts in those items, not under Holidays tree like think children from a lots of countries. Often children in United Kingdom are very caring – they prepare mince crumpets and brandy for Santa Claus as a food and to drink for the time he come to their home. Currently it is often non-alcoholic drink due to Santa Claus has to be sober during drive his sled.
The Speech of the Queen
Every year, December 25th Britishers listen to Queen’s Speech. The idea of a Christmas speech started 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 operation. The first speech was in 1932 and their author was King George V. Elizabeth II in her messages says about important things of UK or other lands and presents her reflexions. It is 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 own Christmas traditions. The United Kingdom isn’t different in that respect, although many Holidays traditions are transfered from another countries.