Christmas traditions differ in countries and even regions of country. What Christmas traditions are practice in the UK?
Many alike traditions
Christmas time in United Kingdom in many elements don’t differ in context with other countries. In UK Nativity Plays and Carol Services are practice too. Residents of United Kingdom at Christmas Eve consume Christmas dinner, but tradicional food is different than in another lands. However the interesting fact can be Candlelight Service in which all church is lit up only by candelas. In the UK many people go to the church where take place church service at midnight after Christmas Eve.
Time of looking forward to Santa
In UK kids also look forward to Santa Claus. At the end of the Christmas Eve children prepare sockes or pillow-cases by the fire or their beds. They believe that Santa Claus put on presents in those things, not near to Christmas tree like believe children from a lots of countries. Sometimes children in United Kingdom are very grateful – they leave mince crumpets or brandy for Santa to eat and as a drink when he visits their home. Currently it’s often non-alcoholic drink because of Santa Claus has to be sober during drive his sleigh.
The Queen’s Christmas Message
Every year, December 25th people watch Speech of the Queen. The tradition of a Christmas speech has its beginning long time before current Queen took the throne. The Speech of the Queen was a key element in the procurement of popularity of the BBC in early years of activity. The first Christmas Message was in 1932 and it was given by King George V. Queen in her speeches tells about important issues of UK or another lands and says about her approach. It’s good summary of facts of the year and plans for the next. The Speech of the Queen is key point of every Christmas.
Every lands have their Holidays traditions. The United Kingdom is not the exception in that topic, although a lots of Christmas customs are transfered from another lands.