Christmas customs in the UK

Christmas customs in the UK - traditions differ in lands and even regions of country. What Christmas traditions are practice in the United Kingdom?

A lots of similar customs

Holidays time in United Kingdom in a lots of elements don’t differ in context with other countries. Here Nativity Scenes or Carol Services are popular too. Citizens of United Kingdom at Christmas Eve consume Christmas meals, however typical menu is different in comparison to another countries. However the oddity may be Candlelight Service during which all church is light only by candles. In the United Kindom a lots of Britisher walk to the church where take place church service at 12 a.m. after Christmas Eve.

Time of waiting for Santa Claus

In United Kingdom kids also wait for Santa Claus. At the end of the Christmas Eve children prepare stockings or pillow-cases by the fireplace or their beds. They know that Santa leave gifts in those things, not under Christmas tree like believe kids from many countries. Sometimes kids in United Kingdom are very grateful – they leave mince pies or brandy for Santa as a food and as a drink when he come to their home. Currently it is usually alcohol-free drink due to Santa Claus has to be sober during drive his sleigh.

The Queen’s Speech

Every year, at second day of Holidays Britishers watch Queen’s Speech. The tradition of a Christmas message has its beginning long time before current Queen came to the throne. The Queen’s Christmas Message was important element in the procurement of popularity of the BBC on beginning of activity. The first speech was in 1932 and their author was King George V. Elizabeth II in her speeches tells about current things of United Kingdom or other countries and presents her approach. It is great resume of facts of the year and programs for the next. The Speech of the Queen is key element of every Christmas.

Every lands have their Holidays customs. The UK is not different in that topic, although many Christmas traditions are transfered from another countries.