Holidays traditions are different in countries and even areas of country. What Christmas traditions are popular in the United Kingdom?
Many similar customs
Holidays time in UK in a lots of elements don’t differ in context with other countries. Here Nativity Plays or Carol Services are practice too. Britishers at Christmas Eve consume Christmas dinner, however tradicional meal is different than in another lands. However the oddity can be carols by Candlelight Service in which the church is lit up only by candles. In the UK a lots of Britisher go to the church where take place religious service at midnight in the Christmas Eve.
Time of looking forward to Santa Claus
In UK kids also wait for Santa. At the evening of December 24th kids hang up stockings or pillow-cases by the fire or kids’ beds. They know that Father Christmas leave gifts in those items, not under Holidays tree like believe kids from many countries. Often children in United Kingdom are very grateful – they leave mince crumpets or brandy for Santa Claus to eat and to drink when he visits them. Currently it is usually alcohol-free drink due to Father Christmas has to drive his sleigh.
The Queen’s Speech
Every year, December 25th people watch Queen’s Speech. The idea of a Christmas message has its beginning before current Queen took the throne. The Queen’s Christmas Message 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 important problems of United Kingdom and other lands and says about her approach. It is good summary of events of the year and programs for the future. The Queen’s Christmas Message is important element of every Christmas.
Every countries have own Christmas traditions. The United Kingdom isn’t different in that topic, although a lots of Holidays customs are the same.