Christmas customs differ in countries and even regions of land. What Holidays traditions are popular in the United Kingdom?
A lots of alike customs
Christmas time in United Kingdom in a lots of aspects hasn’t differences in context with other countries. Here Nativity Plays or Carol Services are practice too. Residents of United Kingdom at December 24th consume Christmas foods, however typical menu is different than in another countries. But the oddity may be carols by Candlelight Service in which the church is light only by candelas. In the United Kindom many Britisher go to the church where take place religious service at 12 a.m. in the Christmas Eve.
Time of waiting for Santa
In UK kids also wait for Santa. At the end of the December 24th children hang up stockings or pillowcases by the fire or kids’ beds. They know that Santa Claus put on presents in those things, not near to Christmas tree like believe children from a lots of countries. Often kids in United Kingdom are very grateful – they leave mince crumpets and brandy for Father Christmas to eat and as a drink when he come to them. Nowadays it is usually alcohol-free drink due to Santa Claus has to drive his sled.
The Queen’s Christmas Message
Every year, at second day of Christmas people watch Queen’s Speech. The idea of a Christmas speech has its beginning long time before current Queen took the throne. The Speech of the Queen was important element in the development of the BBC on beginning of activity. The first speech was in 1932 and their author was King George V. Elizabeth II in her messages says about current issues of UK and another countries and says about her reflexions. It is good summary of events of the year and plans for the future. The Speech of the Queen is important point of every Holidays.
Every lands have own Christmas traditions. The UK is not the exception in that respect, however a lots of Holidays customs are transfered from another lands.