Christmas traditions in the United Kingdom

Christmas customs differ in countries and even regions of country. What Christmas customs are practice in the United Kingdom?

A lots of alike customs

Christmas in UK in a lots of elements don’t differ in comparison with another countries. In United Kingdom Nativity Plays or services of carols are popular too. Residents of United Kingdom at Christmas Eve eat Christmas dinner, but typical meal is different in comparison to other countries. However the interesting fact can be Candlelight Service during which all church is light only by candles. In the UK many Britisher walk to the church where take place church service at midnight in the Christmas Eve.

Time of looking forward to Santa Claus

In United Kingdom childrens also look forward to Santa Claus – Click here. At the end of the Christmas Eve kids hang up stockings or pillow-cases by the fireplace or their beds. They believe that Santa Claus leave gifts in those items, not near to Holidays tree like believe kids from other lands. Often children in UK are very caring – they prepare mince pies or brandy for Santa Claus as a food and to drink for the time he visits them. Currently it is often alcohol-free drink because of Father Christmas has to be sober during drive his sled.

The Queen’s Speech

Every year, December 25th people listen to Speech of the Queen. The tradition of a Christmas message started long time before current Queen took the throne. The Queen’s Christmas Message was important element in the procurement of popularity of the BBC on beginning of operation. The first Christmas Message was in 1932 and it was given by King George V. Queen in her messages says about important problems of UK and other lands and presents her reflexions. It’s good summary of events of the year and programs for the future. The Speech of the Queen is key point of every Christmas.

Every countries have their Christmas traditions. The United Kingdom isn’t different in that respect, however a lots of Christmas traditions are the same.