Christmas customs differ in lands and even regions of country. What Christmas customs are popular in the UK?
Many similar traditions
Christmas in UK in many elements don’t differ in comparison with another lands. Here Traditional cake on the table at Christmas is prepared months before Christmas. It contains mixture of fruits and nuts and from time to time is filled with brandy. Before Christmas Eve supper cake is douse in layer of marzipan. With red band that sweet looks gorgeousand Carol Services are popular too. Britishers at December 24th eat Christmas foods, although tradicional menu is different in comparison to another countries. But the oddity can be Candlelight Service during which the church is light only by candles. In the UK many people go to the church where is church service at 12 a.m. after Christmas Eve.
Time of looking forward to Santa Claus
In United Kingdom childrens also look forward to Father Christmas. At the end of the Christmas Eve children hang up sockes or pillowcases by the fire or kids’ beds. They know that Santa Claus leave gifts in those items, not under Holidays tree like think kids from many lands. Often kids in UK are very caring – they leave mince crumpets and brandy for Father Christmas to eat and to drink when he come to them. Nowadays it’s usually alcohol-free drink because of Father Christmas has to drive his sleigh.
The Queen’s Speech
Every year, December 25th Britishers listen to Queen’s Speech. The tradition of a Christmas speech started 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 operation. The first speech was in 1932 and their author was King George V. Elizabeth II in her messages tells about important issues of United Kingdom or another lands and says about her approach. It is good summary of events of the year and plans for the next. The Queen’s Christmas Message is important element of every Christmas.
Every countries have own Holidays customs. The UK isn’t the exception in that topic, although many Holidays traditions are transfered from other lands.