Christmas customs are different in lands and even regions of country. What Holidays customs are practice in the UK?
A lots of similar traditions
Christmas time in UK in a lots of aspects hasn’t differences in comparison with another countries. In United Kingdom Nativity Scenes or 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 may be Candlelight Service in which all church is lit up only by candelas. In the United Kindom many people go to the church where is religious service at 12 a.m. after Christmas Eve.
Time of waiting for Santa Claus
In UK childrens also look forward to Santa Claus. At the evening of December 24th kids hang up sockes or pillowcases by the fire or children’s beds. They believe that Santa Claus leave gifts in those things, not under Christmas tree like believe children from a lots of lands. Sometimes children in UK are very grateful – they leave mince pies and brandy for Santa Claus to eat and as a drink when he visits their house. Currently it’s usually alcohol-free drink due to Santa has to be sober during drive his sled.
The Queen’s Christmas Message
Every year, at second day of Holidays people listen to Queen’s Speech. The idea of a Christmas message started before current Queen came to the throne. The Speech of the Queen was important element in the development of the BBC in early years of activity. The first speech was in 1932 and it was given by King George V. Elizabeth II in her speeches tells about current things of United Kingdom and another lands and presents her approach. It is great summary of facts of the year and programs for the next. The Speech of the Queen is key element of every Christmas.
Every countries have own Holidays traditions. The United Kingdom is not different in that respect, although many Christmas customs are the same.